Frampton would take on an MMA star, but 'only in a boxing ring'
Carl Frampton has said that he would be willing to take on an MMA star, but has said that it would "have to be in the boxing ring".
Writing in the Sunday Life, the Belfast boxer was reflecting ahead of Saturday night's mega-fight between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr and UFC star Conor McGregor, which he was in Las Vegas to attend.
McGregor was beaten by technical knockout in the 10th round of the fight, but has won plaudits from the boxing and MMA worlds for putting in a credible performance.
Two-weight world champion Frampton described the attention the fight has brought to boxing as "incredible".
"I can see more fights between boxers and MMA fighters in the future and if the money was right and it made sense I would fight an MMA guy but it would have to be in a boxing ring, not the octagon," Frampton says.
"It's too easy to just turn your nose up at the event, particularly when you have an estimated 60,000 Irish fans alone in Vegas for the fight. When you think that Ricky Hatton took 20,000 to Vegas for his fight with Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, it says a lot about the size of the event."
Tweeting after the fight, Frampton said McGregor could be a "very good boxer" if he's able to adapt to fighting 12 rounds.
We all know he can fight but if he can learn to adapt to 12 rounds Conor will be a very good boxer. A lot of millions richer. Happy days— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) August 27, 2017
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