Wednesday 21 August 2019

Carl Frampton forced to pull out of US fight after freak accident involving 'large ornament'

Carl Frampton forced to pull out of his fight this weekend
Carl Frampton forced to pull out of his fight this weekend
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Carl Frampton has confirmed that his fight against Mexican Emmanuel Dominguez at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Saturday night has been cancelled after the Belfast featherweight suffered a freak injury in a hotel.

Frampton was due to fight Mexican Dominguez in his first fight since his unsuccessful challenge of IBF champion Josh Warrington last December.

Yet what he described a freak accident has forced Frampton to pull-out of the bout after he confirmed a 'large ornament' had fallen on his left hand in a hotel lobby, fracturing his fifth metacarpal.

"I'm absolutely devastated," he said in a statement posted on social media along with a video from the incident.

"I'm extremely disappointed for the travelling support and for myself and for my team. I've put put everything into this camp, I've been away from my amazing wife and kids for most of it and it all seems like a waste.

"Although it was out of my control, I'd like to apologise to Emmanuel, MTK Global, Top Rank, my team, my travelling support and to my wife and kids for being away so long."

This is not the first time a Frampton fight has been called off in bizarre fashion, with opponent Andres Gutierrez pulling out a fight in Belfast in 2017 after he slipped in the shower and sustained injuries that ruled him out of the contest after Frampton had failed to make the weight a few hours earlier.

The injury suffered by Frampton looks certain to keep him out of the ring for an extended period and there must now be doubts whether he will return to action in 2019.

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