Former world title-holder and featherweight contender Carl Frampton has joined Tyson Fury in signing a lucrative deal with Top Rank and ESPN in the United States.
The Irishman becomes the latest Frank Warren fighter to make the link-up with America’s most-watched boxing TV Network.
It’s now expected that the likes of Billy Joe Saunders, Josh Warrington, Anthony Yarde and Daniel Dubois will follow Frampton and Fury.
Releasing a statement confirming the deal, it was confirmed Frampton will not be moving up in weight.
Former two-division world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions have signed a multi-fight promotional pact with Top Rank.
The deal is the latest collaboration between Top Rank, MTK Global and Queensberry Promotions.
Frampton will campaign as a featherweight. He will bring one of the biggest names in one of boxing’s deepest divisions to ESPN platforms in the United States.
Top Rank, MTK Global, and Queensberry Promotions will announce Frampton’s next fight shortly.
Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) is a 10-year pro. He has fought a who’s who of this past generation’s greatest fighters at 122 and 126 pounds.
He won the IBF junior featherweight world title over Kiko Martinez in September 2014. Defended that belt twice. And then unified with a well-earned split decision victory over Scott Quigg on Feb. 27, 2016.
In his next fight, he moved up to featherweight. Frampton took Leo Santa Cruz’s unbeaten record away via majority decision.
He lost a tightly contested bout to Santa Cruz in the immediate rematch. Frampton then reeled off three consecutive wins until his last bout. A unanimous decision defeat to IBF featherweight champion Warrington. The bout was one of the best action fights of 2018.
A rematch with Warrington is unable to take place due to the fact the Leeds man has a mandatory challenger.
Warrington is expected to defend his title against Kid Galahad over the summer. It’s not out of the realms of reality that Warrington v Frampton II could open up in 2020.
For now Frampton is a Top Rank fighter on US soil and could feature on Fury’s next undercard in Las Vegas.