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Carl Frampton: I will release injury X-rays to silence 'conspiracy theorists'

 

An angry Carl Frampton vowed to disprove doubts over the freak injury that led to his fight against Emmanuel Rodriguez in Philadelphia being cancelled
An angry Carl Frampton vowed to disprove doubts over the freak injury that led to his fight against Emmanuel Rodriguez in Philadelphia being cancelled
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

An angry Carl Frampton arrived home in Northern Ireland yesterday and vowed to disprove doubts over the freak injury that led to his fight against Emmanuel Dominguez in Philadelphia being cancelled.

The Jackal was dealt a cruel blow when he suffered the freak injury on Monday after an ornamental pillar fell on his hand while he was sitting in the lobby of his hotel, fracturing two bones.

As a result, the 32-year-old's first fight in nine months, scheduled for Saturday, had to be called off, leading to him venting his frustrations at his hard work in training being negated by circumstances out of his control.

However, the former two-weight world champion has now been forced to defend himself against 'conspiracy theories' that emerged after the incident occurred.

Some pointed out the similar freak injury that Andres Gutierrez suffered in a fall in his hotel shower before he was due to take on The Jackal in Belfast in 2017, resulting in the Mexican pulling out of the fight with just 24 hours' notice.

"You talk about the Gutierrez fight and what happened here, it looks bizarre and it is bizarre," admitted a devastated Frampton.

"We've got enough evidence documented, I've got X-ray photographs that will be released at some point. Once I get the disc put into a computer and printed out, we can release X-ray images of the hand, that it's broken. We've got enough documented evidence to show that this was a real incident.

"You've got conspiracy theorists and other people who like to put their nose in and say silly things. I can't let that bother me. I know what happened and I've got a lot of support."

Despite the setback, which means that he will now spend over a year out of the ring ,once he fully recovers from his injury, Frampton is still hopeful his next fight will be for a world title.

"I don't want to have another fight like this (a non-title fight)," he added. "The plan was to have this fight and fight for a world title. The plan is now still to fight for a world title. This fight hasn't happened.

"I'm absolutely gutted but angry more than anything."

Frampton added: “I’m not getting any younger. I don’t want to be sitting around waiting here. I want to be involved in big fights and go straight back into a big title fight.”

That will be a tough sell to his rivals, however.

Although Frampton comes with plenty of pedigree and would be a box-office smash, he hasn’t won since defeating Luke Jackson at Windsor Park in August 2018.

The plan had been to line up a clash with WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, likely in December, but with the Mexican vacating his belt to move up to super-featherweight and target Jamel Herring, he is seemingly no longer an option.

Frampton isn’t even in line to be one of the challengers for the vacant featherweight title, with Shakur Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez set to contest it instead, so a move up to super-featherweight with Valdez might be the best option for The Jackal.

If he was to move up to the 130lb weight bracket, the 32-year-old would have options for his opponent, with IBF champion Tevin Farmer or WBC holder Miguel Berchelt the probable targets for an immediate world title bout.

“That’s the hardest fight of the super-featherweights,” said Frampton of Mexican Berchelt. “But I’m happy to fight them.

“I want to fight a champion. I want to go out in a blaze of glory here. I want to be a world champion. If I get offered a shot against any world champion, featherweight or super featherweight, I’m taking it. Absolutely no doubt in my mind.”

Meanwhile, Frampton has admitted that taking legal action against his Philadelphia hotel over the injury he sustained earlier in the week “is an option”.

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