Carl Frampton injured, world title bid suffers setback
Super-bantamweight hope Carl Frampton will not feature on this weekends Wembley bill after a reoccurrence of an old ear injury ruled the Belfast fighter out of a scheduled debut under new promoter Frank Warren.
The 26 year-old, who is undefeated in 16 contests, was due to meet late replacement Everth Briceno at Wembley Arena, but now faces a spell on the sidelines and an extended wait for his imminent world title chance.
“I’m upset to have to announce that I have been ruled out of my fight on Saturday by the BBBoC. An old ear injury mildly reoccured in a spar,” said Frampton.
“A specialist initially informed me I was fit to box. Today the BBBoC ruled me out. I’m so so sorry especially to the people who were coming to support me.
“It’s been an amazing camp and I’m gutted that I won’t be able to showcase my improvements in Wembley.”
‘The Jackal’ had been the subject of speculation regarding a possible WBA bout with the formidable Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux later this year, although any plans to that affect are now on hold until at least 2014 – to the disappointment of trainer Shane McGuigan.
“Unfortunately today Carl Frampton was overruled by the BBBofC that he cannot box this Saturday due to an old ear injury,” confirmed McGuigan.
“We were passed fit by another source but today the BBBofC ruled us out. We as a team are bitterly disappointed by this decision.
“We’ve made some amazing improvements this training camp & will build on everything for a hopeful world title shot soon! Carl is gutted he can’t fight for his fans!”