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Hearn has 'unfinished business' with Tigers Bay Jackal


By Adam McKendry

Eddie Hearn says he has 'unfinished business' with Carl Frampton and that he would love to work with the Jackal again. The Matchroom Boxing head, who was in Belfast promoting Ryan Burnett's unification fight with Zhanat Zhakiyanov, has been the favourite to sign Frampton after his recent high-profile split with Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions.

Should the Tiger's Bay fighter indeed sign with Hearn and Matchroom, it would be a reunion with the promotions company after they split in 2013.

At that time Frampton stuck with McGuigan, and went on to become a two-weight World champion with Cyclone.

But Hearn, who stressed there were no hard feelings between the pair, believes that he could give Frampton the fights he wants, including bouts at Windsor Park and a potential third clash with Leo Santa Cruz, should he re-sign with Matchroom.

"As the media ask me every day, and the fans ask me every day, are you going to work with Carl Frampton again? The answer is, if he's a free agent, I would love to work with him," Hearn confirmed.

"I feel like I have some unfinished business with Carl Frampton. I believe he's a box office star, I believe I can deliver him the Windsor Park events, the Leo Santa Cruz (rematch) here in Belfast and I would love to try and do it.

"He'll want to fight as soon as possible, and it's September on Friday so you've got to get moving to fight again this year.

"I'm sure he's going to start talking to people soon, I'm presuming he's going to talk to us as well, we'd be keen to do so and we'd be very keen to work with Carl Frampton."

When it was announced that Frampton was indeed moving on from mentor and promoter McGuigan earlier this month, a return to Matchroom was immediately considered one of Frampton's ideal landing spots.

The fact that he left Cyclone in the first place was a surprising move, though, but Hearn believes there were reasons behind the scenes for the split.

"They appeared to be very close, but sometimes it isn't all what it seems and I don't know the ins-and-outs," he pondered.

"Clearly (Carl) wasn't happy, it happens in business sometimes, even friends can fall out in business.

"I don't know if Carl Frampton likes me, we don't have to be friends, but I can give him the big nights and fights he wants and a bucketload of money as well."

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