Carl Frampton “probably won’t” fight friend Mick Conlan


Carl Frampton [25(14)-1(0)] has poured more cold water on a potential fight with friend  .

Upon turning over, the younger of the two Belfast names had suggested he would one day like to fight Frampton, but ‘The Jackal’ felt they were too far apart on the ladder for a potential match up to take place.

The pair subsequently struck up a friendship and Conlan [6(5)-0] later noted that a fight between the two would be bad for Belfast.

This week Frampton reiterated his belief that the bout will never happen.

The 31-year-old, who will fight in Windsor Park in August, does predict his managerial stable mate will emulate his ring success and become one of the boxing mad city’s biggest names but doesn’t believe he will pass the baton to the fighter, who appears on the Linares-Lomachenko undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York this weekend, in the ring.  

“I probably won’t ever fight Michael Conlan because of the stages we are at in our career,” Frampton told ESPN.

“Mick is a friend of mine, a very good fighter but I think he’s just kicking off his pro career and I’m in the twilight of mine. Although I’m not thinking about retirement, I’m not going to be hanging around for another six or seven years.

Frampton, who regularly builds up Conlan in his column for the Sunday Life, also paid tribute to the 26-year-old here.

Having previously described Conlan as more naturally talented than him, Frampton outlined how “with Mick, it’s a question of when he wins a world, not if. I think he’s a quality fighter, very, very skilful so it’s about when not if and how many world titles he wins.

“He’s a quality fighter and he has the height to go up through the weights and he’s being looked after by Adam Booth who is a fantastic coach.”

“So he’s got the potential to win many world titles. I think there’s the potential for Mick Conlan to be a complete worldwide superstar.”

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