July 29th could be Carl Frampton‘s Belfast farewell.
‘The Jackal’ has developed a unique relationship with fight fans in Ireland and indeed around the world, but has a unique bond with those from his home city.
The former two-weight champion has brought them some massive nights and the fighter himself has admitted his following have made those occasions all the more special.
So indebted to ‘The Jackal Army’ is the Cyclone Promotions puncher that he all but demanded a homecoming clash after four fights and two years on the road.
He got his wish and will trade leather against a yet to be confirmed opponent on July 29th and it seems this may be his last fight in Belfast as the big names he craves just don’t seem to fancy a trip to the Titanic City.
Writing in his Sunday Life column, Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] described how “it’s been a long time coming but finally I am back fighting in Belfast on July 29th and I want it to be a night to remember for the whole country.
“Firstly, because this could be the last time that I ever box in Belfast.”
“Of course I hope there could be a few more times that I get the chance to fight at home but it’s becoming very difficult and that has been frustrating for me.”
“I owe my fans this night in Belfast because they have been with me the whole way and I love Belfast, it’s my favourite place in the world so to be back fighting here after two-and-a-half years means the world to me.”
Frampton explained that his difficulty in fighting in Belfast is “simply due to the really massive names in the division not wanting to fight me in my own backyard – they obviously don’t fancy having to handle the Jackal Army.”
“I had to go Manchester for the fight with Scott Quigg and then to America twice for the fights with Leo Santa Cruz, and guys like the WBO champion Oscar Valdez and the WBC champion Gary Russell Jr just wont come here.”
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