CARL Frampton remains on course to crack America and become a big name on the World stage, but is adamant he won’t divert permanently away from Belfast.
The IBF World champion has teamed up with ‘the most powerful man in boxing’ Al Haymon and has been afforded the chance to impress a massive TV audience with a CBS broadcast World defence on July 18.
An impressive victory over Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in El Paso Texas should wake a wider audience up to ‘The Jackal’s’ talents, thus opening a number of doors for the Belfast man.
Big fights Stateside will surely follow, but Frampton is determined to fight at home once a year. Frampton fight nights have proved something special atmospheric wise, indeed the excitement and noise level is unrivaled in Irish sport.
‘The Jackal Army’ have paid a big part in Frampton’s story and the World champion is keen to keep them involved as he progresses even further up the fight ladder.
Speaking to David Kelly of the Belfast Telegraph he said:
“With this deal with Al Haymon I’ll be fighting a lot in the States but it’s also important to fight at home and I want to do that once a year at least. Belfast preferably, it depends on the venue and the fight — there’s venues in London and Manchester but I want to be fighting in Belfast as much as possible because you can’t beat that support I get,” said Frampton.
“And for me the ultimate stage would be Windsor Park, that would be a dream come true and at the right time of the year we can do that.
“As a big Crusaders fan I would have loved to have fought at Seaview but it’s just too small, they have had seating plans done and it came out as the same as the Odyssey, around 9,000 but for an outdoor fight you need more people because it costs so much more, so it just wouldn’t work financially to have it at Seaview.
“But I’d love to fight at Windsor — the home of Northern Ireland, not Linfield!”