‘The Jackal’ was due to fight in Philadelphia on August 10th where victory over Emmanuel Dominguez was meant to set him up for a pre-Christmas world title fight.
However, a freak injury after a 50kg ‘ornament’ fell on him in a hotel lobby saw him break his hand and forced him out of the clash during fight week.
The Belfast featherweight was obviously distraught, but remained defiant and in the immediate aftermath of the incident called for a world title fight upon his return.
However, with time to reflect, he has come up with a new world title game plan.
The former world title holder, who won’t be able to punch for at least eight weeks, predicts he will fight before 2019 is done.
Frampton doesn’t foresee a world title being on the line when he fights for the first time since his IBF world title fight defeat to Josh Warrington, but does hope to be afford the chance to regain world champion status in the spring of next year.
“My plan is to box in America in December and my team are already looking at a couple of dates and then there is a real possibility that I would fight for a world title around March or April – at featherweight or super-featherweight,” he said in his weekly Sunday Life column before revealing why he elected against jumping straight back in at the top.
“I know immediately after the injury I said I wanted to go straight for a world title but, thinking rationally, it makes sense to have a fight before that because I have been out of the ring for so long.”
Explaining the injury that ruled him out of the clash the 32-year-old added: “It is medically known as a ‘non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal mid-shaft’ which is otherwise known as a ‘boxer’s fracture.
“It’s the kind of thing happens when someone hits someone on the head in a pub fight or it can easily happen in the ring when you hit someone on top of the head. With me, it was a freestanding ornament and I still can’t quite believe that happened.”