Former super-bantamweight and featherweight world titlist Carl Frampton confirmed in his Sunday Life column this morning that he has signed a promotional deal with Frank Warren.
According to Frampton, Warren just beat out Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn in the hunt for his signature, meaning that the Belfast native’s future fights will be broadcast on BT Sport in the U.K. & Ireland rather than the Hearn-affiliated Sky Sports.
“This is a deal I believe will give me the best chance to have massive fights that I crave and I have been guaranteed that I will be fighting at Windsor Park next summer,” wrote Frampton, who has said on multiple occasions that it is his dream to box at the home of the Northern Irish football team.
“It really came down to two very similar offers from Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren. But after some hard thinking I felt that the overall package that Frank Warren and BT Sport were offering me was the deciding factor.
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) September 24, 2017
“They are going to have me as one of the faces of boxing on BT which is a real honour for me and that was never going to happen with Sky who obviously have Anthony Joshua as their main man.”
Recently, Frampton parted ways with Barry and Shane McGuigan – the father and son, manager and trainer duo that had guided him throughout his professional career. ‘The Jackal’ also stepped down from a director position with Cyclone Promotions and subsequently cut ties with the outfit.
In recent weeks, Frampton confirmed that he had begun training under former European light-middleweight champion Jamie Moore and that he had signed with Matthew Macklin’s MTK Global, who will be involved in his career in an advisory capacity. A new promotional deal was the final piece of the puzzle.
Thanks to wins over Scott Quigg and Leo Santa Cruz, Frampton was voted the 2016 ‘Fighter of the Year’ by a number of media outlets, including The Ring. He has, however, fought only once in 2017, losing via decision in a rematch with Santa Cruz back in January. He was supposed to return to action at the SSE Arena in Belfast in July, but his scheduled opponent, Mexico’s Andres Gutierrez, was forced to withdraw on less than 24 hours notice after sustaining facial injuries in a bizarre accident.