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Dogboe a NO GO- Frampton won’t face former world champion in Las Vegas

Carl Frampton[26(15)-2(0)] won’t be fighting Isaac Dogboe [20(14)-2(1)] when he returns to the ring next month.

It was reported in recent weeks the former WBO super bantamweight champion of the world would be Frampton’s comeback opponent.

Indeed, Dogboe himself discussed the fight and went as far as to promise to knockout his former sparring partner before going on to call out Conor McGregor.

Despite the constant rumours ‘The Jackal’ remained adamant no deal had been done and claimed ‘Royal Storm’ was just one of a list of names put to him.

Now it looks like the fight won’t go ahead as Carl Moretti revealed moves to get Dogboe proved fruitless.

However, the Top Rank Vice President did confirm the Belfast fighter will return to the ring for the first time since he fought Josh Warrington last December on November 30 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas.

“Carl will be out again on November 30 in Vegas on the same card as Oscar Valdez. We had looked at Isaac Dogboe as an opponent but that hasn’t worked out so we’re looking for somebody else,” he confirmed.

Frampton will fight on the same bill as another former world champ and potential future foe Oscar Valdez.

Who he will face remains to be seen, but the fighter himself did recently reveal he will return in noteworthy action.

The 32-year-old, who is keen to regain world champion status, explained ESPN are pushing for a named foe and as a result he expects to be in an intriguing fight.

“There are a few names floating about, but it has to be a very very meaningful fight for ESPN. ESPN want it to be a good fight, an exciting fight. Me and Dogboe would be a great fight, but if it’s not him it would be another quality fighter,” said Frampton.

Dogboe was also linked to Jamie Conlan and was confirmed as an option for the Top Rank fighters December 14 clash.

However, the Adam Booth trained fighter has suggested the Ghanaian-Brit turned down the chance and Conlan will instead fight old Olympic rival Vladimir Nikitin.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie