Carl Frampton [27(15)-2(0)] could be in ring as early as late July.
The former two weight world champion has confirmed he has stepped up his training in the knowledge he will fight this summer.
After the pandemic ruined his hopes of challenging WBO super featherweight world champion Jamel Herring in Windsor on June 13, there was talk of a fighting stateside, before a late August Belfast fight night alongside Michael Conlan was muted.
Traveling to America is not an option, the Top Rank double act now looks unlikely and Belfast appears off the cards, for Frampton at least.
The Jamie Moore trained fighter now seems likely to keep busy ahead of his bid to become three weight world champion on a BT Sports broadcast Frank Warren show.
“Boxing is on the way back – and finally I can crank up my training for a fight this summer,” Frampton said in his popular Sunday Life column.
“From what I’ve been told, I could well be back in the ring at the end of July or early August. A date and a venue still need to be confirmed, but I know somewhere in the UK is expected to stage the bill.
“The latest news from the States is that Las Vegas will be having a couple of shows a week starting on June 9 at the MGM Grand. Of course all of these shows will be behind closed doors and while we would all prefer fans to be there, it is something that we just have to get used to.”
Herring, who Frampton seems likely to trade leather with once fans are allowed back into venues, will put his title on the line against Jonathan Oquendo live on ESPN on July 2.
In terms of opponent for Frampton, he will expect some form of test, but will most likely face an Irish or British foe at super featherweight.