Carl Frampton to meet with Frank Warren for crucial career talks


If Carl Frampton does elect to fight on he will return in a meaningful fight this summer.

‘The Jackal’ has yet to make a decision about his future after his defeat to IBF featherweight world champion Josh Warrington last month

Ireland’s second ever two-weight world champion hinted at hanging up his gloves directly after the defeat but has suggested he may fight on if he could secure rematches with the likes of Leo Santa Cruz and Warrington.

The Belfast boxer has yet to make a final call on his fight future but claims, if he is to fight again, it will be in the summer and reiterated it would have to be a major fight.

“I still haven’t made a final decision,” ‘The Jackal’ told The Irish News.

“Obviously I’ve got this court case with the McGuigans and I had back-to-back camps for four fights so I’ll have a bit of a break, get the court case over and then see what happens.

“If I do fight again, it won’t be until the summer and it would need to be something meaningful.”

The many hoping to see the former super bantamweight and featherweight world title holder back in the ring will be happy to hear he has plans to meet with promoter Frank Warren.

If Warren, who also promotes Warrington, can put a big fight on the table then ‘The Jackal’ may be persuaded to continue.

“I have a good relationship with Frank Warren and I’m going to meet him in London,” outlined the 31-year-old Tigers Bay native.

“I’ve got on well with him since I’ve teamed up with him and he has looked after me, paid me well which is important in this game and gave me the chance to fight for a world title on pay-per-view.”

“I’ll sit down and speak with him and see what we do next.”

Leeds puncher Warrington looks to be tied up with a mandatory but, should he defeat mouthy Sheffield slickster Kid Galahad then his schedule could line up with Frampton for a summer rematch.

However, neither Warrington or Warren have expressed any public interest in such a bout following the fight in Manchester last month, instead focusing on unifications.

The same can be said for WBA titlist Leo Santa Cruz who is currently speaking of fights with the likes of WBC champ Gary Russell Jr – although it is reported that the Mexican’s handlers are open to facing Frampton this year.

Then, of course, there is WBO champ Oscar Valdez who is promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank – who work well with Warren and Queensberry Promotions.

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Jonny Stapleton

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