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Frampton opponent confirmed – Jackal to fight Puerto Rican in Vegas

Luis Orlando Del Valle [25(19)-3(0)] will provide opposition for Carl Frampton [26(15)-2(0)] as he returns to the ring and to Las Vegas next month.

The Sun Newspaper via respected boxing writer Kevin Byrne are reporting ‘The Jackal’ will trade leather with the Puerto Rican on November 30th.

It was widely known the Belfast fighter would fight at the Cosmopolitan in Sin City on said date, but was widely expected that former WBO super bantamweight world champion Isaac Dogboe would man the opposite corner.

Indeed, it was reported that ‘Royal Storm’ versus Frampton was signed, sealed and delivered in the first week of September.

The former two weight world champ revealed former sparring partner Dogboe was in the running, but constantly warned nothing was officially confirmed with regards to the Ghanaian- Brit.

Early this week Top Rank officially confirmed Dogboe was out of the running, but assured a ‘meaningful’ opponent would be found.

That opponent will be Luis Orlando De Valle [25(19)-3(0)] according to the Sun with the fight set to play out a 128lbs catchweight.

The Puerto Rican had a solid amateur career winning New York and National Golden Glove championships aswell as representing America on international duty.

As a pro he made steady progress until a hand injury suffered in a defeat to Diego Dela Hoya on the undercard of Jaime Munguia versus Liam Smith had him sidelined for over a year.

‘Orlandito’ returned in December of 2018 and has impressed since coming back at featherweight.

The New York based fighter comes into his fight with Frampton on the back of three knock out wins and will be confident as a result.

The fight will be Frampton’s first under the Top Rank banner and his first since defeat to Josh Warrington in Leeds last December.

A win should put the 32-year-old back in the world title mix with bill topper Oscar Valdez potentially an option – although the suggestion is WBO world super-featherweight champ Jamel Herring is being lined up for a new year three-weight world champion assault.

Former WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez will top the bill facing Frampton’s shower-slipper Andres Gutierrez (38-2-1) in his first fight as a super featherweight.

Frampton will be the co-feature as he looks to get back into world title contention.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com