Carl Frampton labelled ‘the epitome of a true warrior’ by new US promoter


📸 Chris Roberts

Carl Frampton has seen an upturn in fortunes despite losing out to Josh Warrington is a barnstorming fight last December.

The Belfast man was recently head-hunted by Top Rank boss Bob Arum. The Hall of Famer got to select fighters for his US stable following a deal with UK stalwart Frank Warren.

Arum and Warren agreed a deal to showcase Queensberry Promotions stars on ESPN in the USA. This came after Tyson Fury signed a lucrative contract to be the main man.

On the back of Fury, Arum picked out two-weight world title holder Frampton, whose reputation superseded that entertaining reverse to Warrington at Manchester Arena.

Frampton is now ready to relaunch himself in the United States ahead of what could be a world title fight against Oscar Valdez within a year.

Discussing the deal, Arum and Warren were delighted to reach an agreement on ‘The Jackal’ moving forward.

“It’s wonderful news that Carl Frampton has joined us at Top Rank,” said Arum. “He is the epitome of a true warrior. We are proud to be promoting him as he works toward becoming the featherweight champion of the world once again.”

Warren added: “I’m delighted that we’ve reached an agreement with Top Rank to co-promote Carl.

“The enormous platform offered by ESPN in the USA is the perfect place for Carl to showcase he still has everything to offer at the top level.

“We fully share Carl’s belief that he can become a world champion again. He showed tremendous heart against Josh Warrington in December. They could well end up meeting again down the line in a huge unification.

“UK fans can look forward to watching every step of Carl’s American adventure live on BT Sport.”


The man himself was predictably delighted to be able to reignite his career on the back of contemplating retirement.

“It’s an honor for me to be teaming up with Top Rank for what will be the last chapter of my career,” Frampton said. “A credit to my management team, MTK Global, on being able to get me a deal with the biggest boxing promotional company on the planet.

“It also makes a fight, at some point in the future, with WBO champion Oscar Valdez a real possibility. My goal, at this stage of my career, is still to become a world champion. I feel I’ll reach my goal with MTK and Bob Arum’s Top Rank in my corner.”

Jamie Conlan, Professional Development Manager for MTK Global stated: “Carl Frampton is one of the most gifted boxers the island of Ireland has ever produced. Now, he’s has linked up with Top Rank, one of the best promotional companies in the game.

“This partnership will give Carl fantastic opportunities to showcase his talents on the international stage. To strengthen his quest to become world champion again. MTK Global are delighted to have been a part of this big move for Carl.”