'The Jackal' collides with 'Train-Wreck'
Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton (27-2, 15KOs) is chasing supremacy by becoming a triple champion to cement his place as Ireland's greatest ever fighter. His next obstacle on the road to making history will be Aberdeen's Darren Traynor (16-3, 7KOs).
BBN have provided all the details you need to know about the upcoming lightweight clash:
The bout takes place on Saturday, August 15 - the same day in history the Allied Nations celebrated VJ Day in 1945.
It's located behind closed doors at the famous York Hall in Bethnall Green.
10 three-minute rounds at lightweight - 135lbs.
There are no titles on the line.
UK fight fans can expect Frampton and Traynor to make their ringwalks any time around 10pm (GMT), but boxing events are often subject to delays.
Coverage will start at 8pm, live and exclusive on BT Sport 2.
Belfast boxing sensation Michael Conlan (13-0, 7KOs) battles Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht (35-4-1, 13KOs) over 10-rounds at featherweight. The 34-year-old 'Baby Face' from Ardennes was last in action against Josh Warrington (30-0, 7KOs) which ended in two rounds in what was a very successful and quick third defence of his IBF World featherweight title. The southpaw is a former European featherweight champion who has only been stopped once 40 fights. 28-year-old Conlan has stopped over half his opponents and will be eager to add another notch to his knockout tally in this fight.
Everything you ever need to know about Frampton vs Traynor HERE
Carl Frampton: "I respect anyone who steps between the ropes and even more so when they are fighting me. I think Darren is better than the original opponent and he has certainly fought at a higher level. What was going to be my first fight at super featherweight is now going to be my first at lightweight.
Darren has been training on the off-chance there were problems and he has been working for a number of weeks now, so it is not going to be an easy fight. I know that he is coming with nothing to lose and everything to gain, which brings its own pressures. I just can't be complacent for one second and I am looking forward to putting on a good show. I need to win because, if I lose the fight, my career is over. I'm not prepared to do that.
Legacy is a big driving force for me and if I win a third world title it will cement my place as Ireland's greatest ever fighter, ahead of Steve Collins, Barry McGuigan, Katie Taylor and a few others. That is what I want."
Darren Traynor: "This is my opportunity and my chance of getting back on the big stage again. I never ever thought I would be getting in the ring with Carl Frampton but now it is happening. I have to believe I can do it."
'The Jackal' is chasing his third world title chance against WBO World super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring (21-2, 15KOs), who next fights on September 5th, which Top Rank promoter Bob Arum hopes to make in October this year. The Belfast boxing hero wants to leave behind a legacy as Ireland's greatest ever fighter by becoming a triple champion so he cannot afford any slip-ups.
Traynor stepped in at late notice to replace original opponent Vahram Vardanyan (21-1-1), who had issues with the travel restrictions.
The 'Train Wreck' is a three-weight Scottish Area champion who hasn't managed to cut it when stepping up a level. He has tasted defeat to Ryan Walsh when challenging for the British featherweight belt, also to Frampton's sparring partner James Tennyson when going for WBA International super-featherweight strap, and most recently to former European champion Juli Giner over eight-rounds in June 2018.
Frampton and Traynor are both 33-years-old. Frampton's KO ratio is 51% and Traynor's is considerably lower at 36%. Over 29 bouts, Frampton has boxed 205 rounds, which is 99 more than Traynor's 106 rounds over 19 fights.
Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: "Frampton and Traynor are not on the same level, so it's a bit of a mis-match. Traynor is a three-weight Scottish Area champion and Frampton is a two-weight world champion, closing in on a third world title, so the pair are very wide apart in levels. The Scotsman has been stopped in two of his three losses and he's hit the deck in many other of his fights, so I can foresee a stoppage win for Frampton here. It is Carl's first fight up at lightweight so there may be a feeling out process, but as soon as he's comfortable, I think he'll hit his man plenty and force a stoppage between rounds six to eight."
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