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‘Back up opponent’ in place – Frampton will fight on August 15

Carl Frampton [27(15)-2(0)] has a back up opponent in place and will fight on August 15 despite today’s news.

Concerns as to whether ‘The Jackal’ would trade leather on the ESPN and BT Sports broadcast Top Rank card were raised after it was today suggested original opponent Vahram Vardanyan wouldn’t be allowed to travel to the UK in time for next weeks bout.

There were fears a suitable opponent wouldn’t be found in time and Frampton, as David Oliver Joyce did yesterday, would have to postpone his ring return.

However, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports MTK created a safety net in fear the Armenian may not be available for a card that also includes Michael Conlan and Paddy Donovan.

The former super bantamweight and featherweight world champion has an insurance policy in the form of a back up fighter.

A yet to be named fighter has been training for the last four weeks to cover for this exact eventuality.

Interestingly enough the back up fighter still doesn’t seem to be the number 1 choice.

Frank Warren has told Boxing Social ‘we are working on it’ when queried about the proposed change of plans, suggesting Top Rank, MTK and Warren are trying to find a worthy and marketable foe.

Mannix suggests the same in his tweet and it’s believed undefeated Polish fighter Kamil Łaszczyk was offered the chance to come to the BT Studios to fight the three weight world title hopeful.

It looks like another potentially frustrating lead into a fight for Frampton, who was last in the ring in August of 2019 and seen a history fight with Jamel Herring postponed over the summer, but getting some rounds and a fight feel for super featherweight seems the most important thing now considering all the adverse circumstances.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com