Today, Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton announced today on Twitter that he has signed a promotional deal with BHOF promoter Frank Warren, with the Northern Irishman to have his fights televised on BT Sport. This comes days after the former two weight World champion had told IFL TV that he signed a management deal with MTK Global and spoke of fulfilling his dream of fighting at the 18,000 capacity Windsor Park in his native Belfast.
Frampton has re-assembled his team in swift fashion after splitting from Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions in August after a bizzare turn of events saw Frampton’s last fight in Belfast called off the night before the fight. Frampton took to Twitter to say,
Frampton has been linked heavily with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport, but had decided to go with Hearn’s direct rival; Frank Warren. “I had interest from America and the UK but it really came down to two very similar offers from Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren”, Frampton wrote in the Sunday Life newspaper.
The Jackal, who was until recently trained by Barry McGuigan’s son Shane McGuigan, has moved trainers to link up with former European champion Jamie Moore in Manchester. Considered a reasonably surprising choice as Moore is fairly new to life as a trainer, with only former English light welterweight title challenger Ricky Boylan and former World title challenger Matthew Macklin as the only notable names on Moore’s resume. Moore, however, has forged a close bond with Tommy Coyle and is currently climbing the domestic ranks with the Hull man.
At 30 years old, Carl Frampton is firmly in the money making years of his career and Frank Warren is charged with bringing a World title shot to Windsor Park against a big name that can sell out the 18,000 seater national stadium of Northern Ireland. With TV giants BT on board, alongside the ever expanding MTK Global, Frampton should have all the ingredients to achieve his dreams in the most important years of his career.
Options are a-plenty for Frampton, with WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez’s promoter Bob Arum showing interest in a fight between the pair and Leo Santa Cruz is making positive noises about completing a trilogy with the Northern Irishman. Along with Welsh IBF champion Lee Selby, the featherweight division also boasts former multi-weight World champion Nonito Donaire. Who, if Frampton beat, would put him in line for a shot with WBC champion Gary Russell Jr.
By Adam Noble-Forcey