McGuigan: Five fighters involved in IBF elimination process

Carl Frampton’s promoter Barry McGuigan has reached out to WBN in the wake of the IBF declaring that his fighter’s upcoming European title match-up against Jeremy Parodi is not an approved eliminator for the title.

McGuigan, who took over the reigns of handling ‘The Jackal’ from Eddie Hearn earlier this year, clarified the situation as it stands with the International Boxing Federation in a phone call this afternoon – stating that Frampton’s fight is indeed an eliminator for the title.

“I spoke with the IBF’s Lindsay Tucker and Carl’s fight with Parodi will be an IBF eliminator, but obviously won’t be for the number one spot as Jeffrey Mathebula has that,” McGuigan told World Boxing News.

“If Romero beats Martinez tomorrow night and Carl comes through Parodi, Mathebula will get his shot within 90 days unless Romero’s team call for an extension.

“Now we may have to take another fight in the interim, but once the situation for the title is sorted between Romero, Martinez and Mathebula, Carl will fight for the title if he beats Parodi.”

Frenchman Parodi, 26, brings a 37-fight record with him to Belfast on October 19 and has suffered just one defeat in a busy career, whilst defending EBU champion Frampton is undefeated in 16 contests.

The winner will face a wait until early 2014 at the very least, but will claim the mandatory IBF super-bantamweight spot once South African Mathebula is given his long-awaited chance to regain the title he held in 2012.