Promoter Richard Schaefer backs “rare talent” Frampton to be long-term Vegas star

Carl Frampton [23(14)-0] can light up the the Las Vegas strip on a regular basis and become one of world’s brightest fighting lights with an impressive win over Leo Santa Cruz [32(18)-1(0)-1] on Saturday according to none other than Richard Schaefer.

Having broke America by breaking Santa Cruz’s duck egg in spectacular fashion, ‘The Jackal’ fights in Las Vegas for the first time this coming Saturday when he puts his WBA featherweight title on the line at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

If he manages to retain his title in what promises to be an entertaining fight, it is the belief of Schaefer, who promoted some massive fights over the decade he worked with Golden Boy Promotions, that the Belfast 29 year old could hit the Vegas jackpot.

Schaefer now fronts Ringstar Sports, who will co-promote the Premier Boxing Champions bout alongside Cyclone Promotions.

“It’s a huge step headlining in the boxing capital of the world,” the promoter told the Belfast Telegraph.

“Carl can make Las Vegas his home in America if he beats Santa Cruz and does it in spectacular style. He will really capture the fans, there’s huge potential for him in the States.”

Schaefer, whose eye for a fighter and a mass draw can not be questioned, believes the Cyclone Promotions puncher has all the attributes, inside and outside of the ring, needed to be a star.

“It says a lot that we have two featherweights topping the bill at the MGM Grand – only great featherweights such as Manny Pacquaio and Marco Antonio Barrera have done that. Carl Frampton is a rare talent and for me is the ultimate entertainer.”

“Carl is not only a great fighter in the ring but charismatic outside it. He can be outspoken, angry, very emotional, but he also treats fighters with respect and you can see that with the way he has dealt with Leo Santa Cruz.”

“He’s a very well spoken, well rounded guy with different elements to his character and it’s the same in the ring. He can turn it on when he needs to and he understands that boxing is entertainment – if anyone went to boxing for the first time and went to a Carl Frampton fight they would be a lifelong boxing fan.”


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