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Tyler McCreary ‘ready’ to take Frampton step up and shortcut to world title

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Tyler McCreary [16(7)-0-1] understands Carl Frampton [26(15)-2(0)] represents a big step up, but it’s a step up he believes he is ready for.

The American has been confirmed as the former two-weight world champion and three-weight world title hopeful’s next opponent – and will take on the Belfast fighter in Las Vegas on November 30th.

‘Golden Child’ is aware he hasn’t been in with anyone of ‘The Jackal’s’ quality to date, but isn’t daunted by the leap up in class.

In fact he reveals he agreed to the match up in a matter of seconds and is relishing the Vegas showdown.

The 26-year old sees the clash at the Cosmopolitan Casino as a shortcut to a world title and an big opportunity he believes he has the capability to capitalize on.

“It’s a big step up for me, but I feel that I’m ready for it,” McCreary said.

“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down, and I feel that every fight is a risk. This is one where, if anything, I would love to risk my undefeated record against a fighter like Frampton. A win here means a world title shot next.

“I was in the gym training for my October 26 fight and my trainer [Lamar Wright] said we got a call that Carl Frampton was looking for a fight. They didn’t have anyone, and I said, ‘I’ll take it.’ I didn’t hesitate.”

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Frampton has stated his desire to return to world title action as soon as possible.

Indeed, Arum revealed he will be looking for world title fights for both Frampton and former WBO featherweight champion, Oscar Valdez, who headlines in his super featherweight debut against Andreas Gutierrez, a fighter Frampton was scheduled to face before the Mexican fell in the shower the day before the fight.

“This a tremendous super featherweight doubleheader, and both Valdez and Frampton have their hands full against tough opponents,” said the Top Rank chairman.

“If Valdez and Frampton win, world title opportunities await them in 2020.”


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