‘I can’t really say I’ve ever been really impressed by any of his fights’ – McCreary confident of beating ‘over the hump’ Frampton

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Tyler McCreary [16(7)-01] is planning a coming out party for November 30 and is confident of beating a declining fighter, who has never impressed him, in Las Vegas later this month.

The American has been billed as solid comeback opposition for Carl Frampton [26(15)-2(0)]and mans the opposite corner when ‘The Jackal’ returns for the first time since his December 2018 defeat to Josh Warrington.

However, the 26-year-old views the fight very differently. The Toledo man believes the Cosmopolitan hosted fight will introduce him to the world and put him firmly on the road to a world title.

McCreary admits the former two weight and unified world champion is a world level operator, but argues he holds all the advantages and believes he is getting the Belfast fighter at just the right time.

“I’m taller than he is, I’m longer. He’s a world class fighter and I’m looking forward to showing the world, my critics, my fans, what I really can do,” McCreary told Boxing247.

“I do think he’s over the hump. Myself, I’m not at my prime yet; I’m still growing and I have a ways to go. I think the best fights are definitely still to come from me. This will be my coming out party.”

Whilst McCreary points out the Top Rank fighter is world class he also claims he has yet to be impressed by a fighter who holds wins over Kiko Martinez, Leo Santa Cruz, Scott Quigg and Nonito Donaire.

“I can’t really say I’ve ever been really impressed by any of his fights. Not at all. He’s a good fighter but he’s never fought anyone of my skill-level before. And a lot of fighters, they look at my record and then they’re surprised by my punch power. I look forward to seeing how this fight plays out.”

The American prospect does see the fight playing out in his favour, but doesn’t believe ring rust and Frampton’s recent inactivity will play a part.

“I’m not looking for that. As I say, he’s a world class fighter, so even if he has [got rust] for a few rounds, it shouldn’t really affect him. Me, I will adapt to whatever he does on the night. Not to be sounding cocky, but this fight, it’s up to me and what I feel like doing on the night. If he wants to make it a brawl, that will favour me. If he wants to box, I’m taller, longer and I don’t think he’s ever fought anyone of my class before. And I’ll defintely be the stronger man.”


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 sport for a living for 19 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: [email protected]