Frampton promised big homecoming if he wins tonight
By Jonny Stapleton
Carl Frampton has been promised a big homecoming if he passes his stiffest test to date in Nottingham tonight.
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn is planning one of the biggest shows Belfast has ever seen for September 8 and is has told Frampton a good display against the undefeated Mexican will ensure a triumphant return to his home town.
The Jackal hasn’t fought in Belfast since claiming the Commonwealth title back in September 2010 and has only four of his 13 bouts have been at home.
The 25 year old is eager to amend that he knows a good display tonight could see him return home on a massive card in September.
“I intend to box at home more often. I love fighting in Belfast. I have been promised that if I box well tonight my next outing will be in Belfast. Eddie has a big show lined up there for September 8 so I should be on that,” Frampton explained.
A mouth watering European title clash with Kiko Martinez is being muted as the possible home coming fight. The former Irish amateur champion is eager to get his gloves on the Spaniard that dethroned then continental champ Bernard Dunne in 2008. However, Martinez’s management issues continue to prove a stumbling block to the fight all of Ireland wants to see.
“There has been talk of Kiko Martinez and we agreed to the fight this time last year, but he had to pull out. I would love that fight for September but he has manager troubles at the minute. It would be a great fight.”