Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

McGuigan: Frampton is on the brink

Carl Frampton has left Matchroom
Carl Frampton has left Matchroom

Barry McGuigan insists Northern Ireland's European and Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton is destined for stardom.

Frampton will appear on Frank Warren's 'Behind Enemy Lines' bill at Wembley Arena on July 20 after leaving Matchroom, ending a stream of defections who have moved in the opposite direction in recent times.

After the highly-rated 26-year-old has fought at Wembley, his next three outings will be staged in his home town of Belfast. It is hoped the third or fourth of those will be for a world title. "Frank made a fantastic offer and we are going to be made a priority on the channel BoxNation. We're thrilled about that," McGuigan said.

"He's highly ranked by all the governing bodies. This kid is on the cusp of big things and is a huge draw."

Matchroom issued a statement in which promoter Eddie Hearn outlined a "potential conflict of interest" in the desire of McGuigan to be Frampton's joint promoter as well as manager, hence the decision to sever ties.

"I'm really excited by the move. It's a great opportunity and they've said I'll be a priority. It's up to me to keep winning and doing what I'm doing," Frampton said.

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