Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton is back training in Manchester and has revealed he is set to return to the ring in either late July or early August.
Frampton (27-2, 15 KOs) has once again linked up with coaches Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis, and ‘The Jackal’ is training under the government guidelines that are currently enforced.
The 33-year-old was last in action when he defeated Tyler McCreary in Las Vegas in November, putting in a superb performance as he dropped his opponent several times on his way to an impressive unanimous decision win.
Frampton was then set to face Jamel Herring this summer as he looked to become a three-weight world champion, with the COVID-19 outbreak causing that fight to be delayed.
The two men are still keen for the fight to take place later this year.
Here's what Frampton had to say about his time spent during lockdown: “I think we’re still a long time away from what’s normality. I’ve been enjoying my time with the kids. I’ve been training every day, the last sort of eight weeks, been training every day. I’m ready to fight. Everyone’s in the same boat, so I’m just waiting on an opponent, been told late July or early August.”
The Belfast boxer is now back training in Manchester and enjoying being part of a team again, he said, “It’s been good to see the boys, it’s been a long time since we’ve all been training together. I’m not going home every weekend because of the restrictions, so it’s a bit more difficult because I don’t see the kids and my missus as often, but it is what it is.
“I don’t know the level of opponent, or who it’s going to be, no names mentioned as of yet, looking at who other people are fighting, Shakur Stevenson fought that guy last night, I imagine my level’s going to be similar to that, then hopefully get the [Jamel] Herring fight.”
WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson defeated Felix Caraballo in six rounds in his super-featherweight debut on June 9 in Las Vegas in what was Top Rank's first show back.
He then revealed his biggest plans for the rest of his career, “Just to take it one fight at a time, but I feel like the opportunity is there for me to become a three-weight world champion, so that's what I want to do, I think if I can do that then I can happily call myself the greatest fighter Northern Ireland's ever had, so that's the target, that's the goal. I think the rematch with [Leo] Santa Cruz will come.”
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