Carl Frampton contemplated retirement before ‘massive’ ESPN deal

World Boxing News 20/03/2019
Carl Frampton

📸 Chris Roberts

Former world champion Carl Frampton has admitted he was ready to walk away from boxing following a loss to Josh Warrington.

The Belfast man missed out on points in a barnstorming clash with the IBF featherweight champion last year.

A rematch was touted with Warrington. Although the Leeds man was ordered to defend against Kid Galahad.

Frampton now has to rebuild. This comeback will begin on a televised ESPN bill soon after ‘The Jackal’ signed a lucrative deal.

Revealing his excitement over signing with Top Rank and Bob Arum, Frampton was looking forward to the future.

“I’ve done a deal through MTK Global with Top Rank and ESPN and it’s massive for me personally. It’s huge and I’m very, very excited for it,” Frampton told IFL TV.

“It’s an amazing deal. Talking financially, if you got this deal coming off the back of win, you’d be very happy with it but coming off a loss, credit to MTK Global.

“I think it’s insane coming off a loss. At one point a few months ago, I was genuinely thinking about retiring.

“It’s been in discussion for a number of weeks and we’ve done well to keep it quiet. There was a little bit of talk about it online but I’ve kept it very quiet.

“It gives me a big opportunity to get back. I believe I can win a world title. There’s more of a chance of that happening now than there was six weeks ago.

“Potentially, I’ll face a good fighter and then potentially Oscar Valdez after that. That’s an option and if I’m asked to fight Valdez straight away, I’d be happy to do that too.”


With Tyson Fury signed up to ESPN, rumors are placing Frampton in a potential undercard spot in Las Vegas this summer.

Heavyweight Fury announced his first bout with ESPN for the boxing capital after scoring a draw with Deontay Wilder last December.

Potential opponents for Frampton down the line include Oscar Valdez and old foe Leo Santa Cruz.

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