Frampton vows to repay fans for support following McGuigan split – and prove doubters wrong


Carl Frampton is ready to prove the doubters wrong.

It’s a strange statement to make about one of the biggest draws in Ireland and the UK – not to mention a former two weight World champion who has merely one defeat to his name.

However, even after promoters around the World showed their faith in his ability by bowing to his fight in Belfast demands and putting big money offers on the table. ‘The Jackal’ feels there are some who are questioning his credentials.

The 30 year old has had a tumultuous year in and out of the ring suffering a bizarre cancellation of his homecoming fight with Andres Gutierrez in July, before splitting Cyclone Promotions and trainer Shane McGuigan. Prior to this he had missed weight for the cancelled bout – his comeback from the rematch loss to Leo Santa Cruz in January where he had his duck egg smashed.

The fact the defeat came after a close fight with a three-weight world champion in Las Vegas should underline the belief that it was one top fighter simply defeating another top fighter – but Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] claims some have written him off and states he is ready to prove them wrong.

Speaking after he officially confirmed his link up with Frank Warren and BT Sport, the MTK Global-advised fighter said that “I still think some people are writing me off and saying I am over the hill after one bad-ish performance.”

“I lost to a three-weight World champion and a lot of people were saying that’s me finished. But that was an off performance from me and I still have plenty more to give,” noted the fighter who will look to return to winning ways in Belfast on Saturday November 18th at the SSE Odyssey Arena.

“Winning the World title back will be good, because I honestly think people are starting to write me off and I am going to show them that is not the case.”

While Frampton may feel he has new doubters, the famous ‘Jackal Army’ have stayed faithful and for that he is particularly grateful.

The fact he sold out the Odyssey for his proposed, but ultimately cancelled, homecoming clash in minutes proved defeat to Leo Santa Cruz wasn’t going to dampen their Frampton love.

However, the fighter himself may have worried that splitting from fellow Irish fight legend Barry McGuigan might have split opinions.

That doesn’t seem to be the case according to Frampton and he claims he is keen to repay those who have continued to show him support. Fans of boxing and not just the former World champ should be grateful too as he plans to bring big names, big shows, big cards, and a big TV network to city as a form of thanks.

“I am very grateful for that,” he responded when it was put to him he still had massive support.

“I moved on for the right reasons. I needed to make that change for my career. You never know how the people are going to react, but the support I got since the move has been incredible and I owe the fans a lot.”

“I want to repay them by bringing big nights of boxing back to Belfast and I think that BT, Frank and MTK will help me do that.”

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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