Carl Frampton‘s next opponent will be officially confirmed on Wednesday afternoon, and speculation is growing that it won’t be the household name he craved.
‘The Jackal’ makes his Belfast homecoming on July 29th, with a press conference launch coming at 1:00pm on Wednesday (June 14th) at the Europa Hotel.
The elusive opponent will be present in the Titanic City for this event, and Frampton has confirmed that it wont be a ‘big’ name.
Frampton was hopeful Leo Santa Cruz would stay true to his word and complete the trilogy in the his town, giving the famous fight city the biggest bout it’s ever hosted.
WBA champion Santa Cruz, of course, rejected Team Frampton’s advances, and negotiations also broke down with IBF champion Lee Selby.
The other champions, Gary Russell (WBC) and Oscar Valdez (WBO) are also thought to be unwilling to fight in front of ‘The Jackal Army’.
That doesn’t mean the former two weight World champ will be handy an easy nights work next month.
Frampton claims while his opponent may not have a ‘huge profile’ like some of the fighters he has been eyeing up, he will be dangerous and coming to win.
Writing in his weekly column for the Sunday Life, Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] conceded that “the really huge names that I wanted just haven’t played ball but we’re not going to be short-changing my fans and the man I will face, who will be announced this week, is a real threat – someone who will guarantee and exciting fight and if I’m not at my best I won’t get the win.”
“I’m at a critical point in my career after coming off the loss to Santa Cruz and he’s the guy I’m desperate to face, to make up for that defeat in Vegas but the path to him has got harder.”
“It shows you that in this sport you can’t take anything for granted.”
“Now it’s time to crank up my training and for the team to get working on a really exciting card for July 29th.”
Frampton was reclassified to the super featherweight rankings with the WBA recently, being placed at #2 at 130lbs. With champion Jezreel Corrales defending his belt against Robinson Castellanos on July 15th, boxing fans have noted that a title eliminator with the WBA’s #1, Bryan Vasquez [35(19)-2(1)], may be the fight for Frampton.
Of course nothing is confirmed, but expect the identity of the opponent to be revealed at some stage tomorrow once the fighter flies into Belfast.
LISTEN: Gavan Casey and Joe O’Neill speak to Luke Keeler and Paddy Barnes on Episode 6 of The Irish Boxing Show: