By Damian Dolan.
2013 promises to be a very good year indeed for Carl Frampton. After making the bold move to switch from Barry’s Hearn’s Matchroom firm to team up with Frank Warren, the Belfast fighter has every intention of walking down the aisle in October, when he ties the knot partner Christine, as a world champion.
That’s not to say it hasn’t been a pretty good year so far for The Jackal. In February he stopped Kiko Martinez in the ninth round at Belfast’s at the Odyssey Arena to win the European super-bantamweight title – a win that extended his unbeaten record to 16 fights since he turned professional in 2009.
The switch to Hearn saw Frampton pen a four-fight deal on the Box Nation channel, which will first see him showcase his talents at Wembley Arena on July 20, before three consecutive fights in his home city.
That was a key part of the deal for Frampton, to fight in front of his loyal home following, and it’s his hope now that one of those three fights will be for a world title.
“Ideally it would be nice to be walking down the aisle as a world champion,” said Frampton, whose best man will be double Olympic medal winner Paddy Barnes. “We’re looking to get that in in October, just before the wedding.”
The catalyst for the move away from Hearn was Frampton being lined up to appear on the undercard of Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell’s debut pro fight. Coming after his defeat of Martinez, for European champion Frampton it was an “insult”.
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