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Carl Frampton: I plan to steal Vegas show, run through McCreary and set up a chance to be three-weight world champion

Carl Frampton during his fight with Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas
Carl Frampton during his fight with Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas

By Carl Frampton

Finally, I will return to the ring this Saturday in Las Vegas and for me it's the starting point of a path to leaving an unparalleled legacy in the history of Irish boxing.

While I've seen some opinions questioning my desire and my focus on my opponent Tyler McCreary, let me make it clear that the hunger and desire in me ahead of our fight in the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the Las Vegas strip is burning as bright as ever.

Maybe McCreary is helping himself to sleep well at night believing that I'm overlooking him but that couldn't be further from the truth. I expect my next fight to be for a world title and the only way to make that happen is to do a number on McCreary.

To be honest, I want to run right through him, I want to put in a performance that I can be proud of - that will show that I have a great deal more to offer whether that's at featherweight or super-featherweight.

The fight has been made at 128lb, which is between feather and super-feather so I have the option of either division for a world title shot.

That's why I'm still in this business, to win world titles and at the moment the man who is calling me out is the WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring.

That seems to be the obvious route to another world title shot, at the moment, and it would offer me the chance to become a three-weight world champion. If that happened I feel I would have a good argument to go down as the greatest fighter to come from this island.

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That would be an incredible legacy and one that I would be very proud of - for myself, my family and the fans who have supported me throughout my career. I could never have dreamed that I would have had such great support when I first started out as a pro. There's even a couple who are coming out to this fight and the next day getting married in Vegas and I've accepted their request to be a witness.

Some fighters do say they lose the hunger at a certain point in their career but to be honest it's something that I don't really understand.

I don't get it because here I am fighting on a big stage again in Vegas along with former world featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, knowing that the fight with McCreary will be shown across the States on ESPN, on BT Sport in the UK and across the globe and I don't ever want to let myself down in front of millions of viewers.

Big return: Carl Frampton will aim to earn a world title shot when he makes his comeback in Vegas on November 30
Big return: Carl Frampton will aim to earn a world title shot when he makes his comeback in Vegas on November 30

I'm also in against a guy who is unbeaten and hungry to take me down because it's his opportunity to move into the big time and land a world title shot.

It's also quite possible that we haven't seen the best of McCreary because usually when a big fight like this comes along a fighter rises to the occasion.

So, I'm expecting the best ever Tyler McCreary. He's taller than me so no doubt he will feel he can make life very hard for me but ultimately I believe that my strengths trump his strengths.

There has been quite a bit of talk about me being out for a year and whether or not that will have an effect on my performance but let's get it right, I haven't been sitting on my backside doing nothing. I had a full camp ahead of my proposed fight in Philadelphia which was called off after I suffered that freak injury when my hand was broken by a falling pillar in my hotel. While it was very frustrating that I didn't fight, I still had some great work and the things I've been working on continued in this camp.

In my final spar I was very happy with my engine over the 10 rounds with two different guys - world class super-bantamweight Stephen Fulton and lightweight prospect Aqib Fiaz. I have worked with Fulton quite a bit in the past and he actually said it was the best he had ever seen me.

Everything has gone really well since I arrived in Vegas. We have been training in the UFC centre which is an incredible set-up. Whether it's an organic food canteen, the gym, the people offering to help with anything we need… it has been ideal.

Hard to take: Carl Frampton after his defeat to Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas
Hard to take: Carl Frampton after his defeat to Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas

So, it's up to me now to go and produce a performance that I can be proud of and then look forward to a good Christmas and a very big year in 2020.

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