The past year or so has made two-weight world champion Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] an international boxing star.
Epic fights with Leo Santa Cruz in America, all the major fighter of the year awards, and of course his likeable personality – Everyone loves Frampton.
Advised by Al Haymon of Premier Boxing Champions, Frampton’s future lies in America.
‘The Jackal’ has said that his upcoming fight in Belfast on July 29th could be his last in the Titanic City – however it wont be a walkover.
The opponent will be officially confirmed tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm at a press conference at the Europa Hotel, although details could emerge beforehand of what is said to be a tough fighter.
Indeed, the men behind the scenes at PBC are said to be anxious about his choice of opponent. Team Frampton were on BBC Radio 5Live last night on the Boxing with Costello & Bunce show and revealed that there are concerns from Stateside.
Frampton stressed that “it’s a good fight, it’s a very exciting fight.”
“I know the Americans and Al Haymon that we’re working with, they want me back Stateside pretty soon and they’re a bit concerned.
“They’re like ‘just take an easy fight and come back over here to the States,’ but I don’t want to mug people off.”
Manager Barry McGuigan added that “it’s definitely not an easy fight. This is not a walkover, believe me. This is anything but a walkover, this is a very tough fight.”
Details of the opponent are exceedingly thin on the ground. Online rumours suggest former world champion Cristian Mijares, while many in Belfast believe it to be Costa Rican Bryan Vasquez.
Judging by the above comments, the latter would seem more likely.
LISTEN: Gavan Casey and Joe O’Neill speak to Luke Keeler and Paddy Barnes on Episode 6 of The Irish Boxing Show: