Tuesday 21 November 2017

Frampton feels MTK deal can help him back to the big-time

Carl Frampton has signed an 'advisory' deal with promotor Matthew Macklin's agency MackTheKnife Global
Carl Frampton has signed an 'advisory' deal with promotor Matthew Macklin's agency MackTheKnife Global

Bernard O'Neill

Carl Frampton admitted that he was considering going his own way before deciding that the road would be a lot smoother with Mack The Knife Global (MTK) in his corner.

Headed by Matthew Macklin, MTK will work with the former world champion in an advisory role.

"MTK are a relatively new organisation but, if you look at what they have already done, I feel that they can get me the best deal with a promoter," said Frampton.

"There was always the possibility that I could go my own way, but to have someone on your side advising you and getting you the best deal possible is always important and I feel Matthew and MTK can definitely do that."

Frampton wants to complete a trilogy with Leo Santa Cruz in his native Belfast after beating him in Brooklyn for the WBA title in 2016 but dropping the belt to the Mexican in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Dream

"That would be the dream come true - to fight Leo in a third fight at Windsor Park and beat him. That's an objective of mine - to fight at Windsor one day.

"Belfast is special to me and I want to fight here a couple of times before my career is over."

With no shortage of intriguing match-ups available at featherweight, Frampton is targeting all of the current world champions.

"Lee Selby is a potential fight that I want, Gary Russell Jnr, Abner Mares - these are the kind of names and calibre of fighters that I want to face at some point.

"Hopefully, we can bring some of the big names to this side of the pond."

Frampton added: "I'm happy in the featherweight division. I missed the weight at my last weigh-in and that was unprofessional.

"In the future, I would like to target one of the big names up at super-featherweight and stand alone in Ireland as a three-weight world champion."

Frampton is looking to return to action as soon as possible with new trainer Jamie Moore.

"I don't have a definite date but I would like to be out before the end of the year. It's great working with Jamie. He knows the game inside out."

Irish Independent

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