Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Casey says no to big clash with Frampton

Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton was all set for a dream fight at the Odyssey Arena on September 10 but now is left in limbo waiting for an opponent.

The Belfast man was left gutted when Kiko Martinez was forced to pull out of a defence of his European title due to his father suffering a serious illness and last night it was confirmed that Frampton will not be boxing Willie Casey.

Former European champion Casey is boxing on the supporting bill to British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury at the King’s Hall on September 17.

Spaniard Martinez is expected to vacate the title but there remains no guarantee that Matchroom Promotions can find a suitable opponent for Frampton to box for the vacant title.

Nevertheless, the exciting super-bantamweight prospect will be on the show and a title is expected to be on the line.

A Matchroom Sports spokesman said: “We would hope that within the next day or two we will have something sorted for Carl.

“Casey turned down the offer to box Carl so now we are looking at another title fight or an international 10-rounder. He will be in a significant fight.”

Meanwhile, Sandy Row’s Joe Hillerby will be boxing west Belfast’s Tommy Tolan in a six-rounder on the King’s Hall show.

Middleweight Hillerby, managed by former British champion Graham Earl, has chalked up four straight wins but is now stepping up to six rounds and can now expect his toughest test yet against Tolan.

Former British super-featherweight title contender Kevin O’Hara has been matched with Dubliner Paul Griffin, while Belfast’s Dee Walsh will also be making his debut on the show.