Carl Frampton hopes to be back in the ring by the end of the year after the freak injury that saw him pull out of his fight with Emmanuel Dominguez.
The Belfast fighter broke a bone in his hand when an ornament was knocked onto it, but is keen to put that behind him and get out into the ring before 2019 ends.
What’s more, he wants to challenge for a title and skip a bout with Dominguez, claiming the level of opposition from him wouldn’t be up to scratch.
That would likely mean a return to the USA, with the casinos of Las Vegas a possibility. Frampton has been keen to make his mark across the pond and took thousands of fans making the trip alongside him.
It’s the perfect time to return to the likes of the MGM Grand with gambling going from strength to strength in the likes of Nevada and New Jersey.
The legalisation of online casino and betting in the states has seen thousands of extra tourists flock to Nevada to play with new casino sites, and it’ll certainly have an impact on selling out arenas and enhance the boxing industry.
It’ll perhaps be a gamble for Frampton though taking a title shot at this time. His fight against Dominguez would have provided the perfect warm-up. Instead he’ll go into any big fight having not fought for almost a year when he lost to Josh Warrington in Manchester.
Despite that though, he believes he was in great shape before the Dominguez fight. He said, “I had the perfect training camp, my weight was perfect and I was feeling strong.
“The plan was to have this fight and then go for a world title. So the plan is to still fight for a world title in my next fight.”
That next fight will likely be December and in America and it’s unsure as to whether that will come in the form of a title shot.
The promoters and indeed The Jackal himself may start to believe one more fight before a title is more logical given the time he’s spent out of the ring.
Currently, he can’t punch for a further eight weeks, but is looking to be back in training after that.
There is rumours that if a title fight comes next it may well be his last fight as a boxer. That could come in the weight division above. Following the Warrington fight he considered retirement, and recently told Joe.co.uk he wants to go out in a blaze of glory. A Championship title would certainly be that. He said, “If I get offered a shot against any world champion, featherweight or super-featherweight, I’m taking it.
“Absolutely no doubt in my mind.”
It’s certainly going to be an interesting few months for Frampton, either way.