Carl Frampton has a warning for commentators ahead of closed door bouts

Forget the commentators curse some commentators may have to be wary of being cursed at whilst working on behind closed doors boxing bouts.

The old adage ‘if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all’ might serve ringside boxing commentators well in the coming months.

With the kind of behind closed doors cards we have seen in America set to come to the UK next month questions with regard to ringside fight commentators have been raised.

Fight callers will no longer have to raise their voices to be heard over the biggest Sweet Caroline karaoke sessions or raise the decibel levels to ensure there words are not drowned out by an excited crowd.

Indeed, their commentaries now won’t just be heard down the mic, but by anyone in earshot, including the fighters – and that is something Carl Frampton points out is something they should be wary of.

Speaking to one of the most respected fight caller of the modern era, Mike Costello and the colourfully loud Steve Bunce, ‘The Jackal’ recalled a time when he could pick up what the commentators were saying mid fight.

The Jamie Moore trained puncher overheard Sky’s Jim Watt’s comments during one of his early fights and wasn’t impressed.

The Belfast fighter kept his disappointment to himself, but warns others in the same situation might not adopt the same approach.

“One thing that will be a bit strange will be someone sitting ringside commentating on your fight,” starts Frampton when speaking to BBC’s boxing podcast.

“I heard it before, I think it was Jim Watt commentating on one of my fights, it was really early on when there wasn’t many people in [the arena].

“I remember hearing him commentating, I didn’t say anything, but I don’t think I was that happy with what he was saying. It annoyed me,” he adds before stressing other fighters may not keep quiet.

“You can imagine there are certain characters that will have a word back.”

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Frampton looks set to be return in late July or early August on a Frank Warren show.

The three weight world title hopeful will keep busy in the BT Sports studios against a yet to be confirmed opponent before trying to finalize a clash with WBO super featherweight world champion Jamel Herring.

The 33-year-old fan favourite and fan aware operator admits it will be strange to trade leather without crowds, but points out he has done similar early on in his career, and as a result is confident he can cope.

“It’s going to be strange. It’s going to be an alien feeling not having many people there, but I suppose you spar in front of not many people and your always trying to get one over on the sparring partner. I boxed at a reasonably high level as an amateur as well when your traveling the world and fighting in front of not many people, so it’s something I am kinda’ have used to.”

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 sport for a living for 19 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