Carl Frampton seeking better 2018 fortunes
“Every setback is a setup for an even greater comeback.”
After a host of career setbacks throughout 2017, a clearly motivated Carl Frampton is aiming to bounce back and reach the pinnacle once again in the next 12 months.
‘The Jackal’ tasted the bitterness of his maiden career defeat in the rematch with Leo Santa Cruz at the beginning of 2017 and was frustratingly unable to secure the much-desired trilogy meeting.
Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs) then also endured a high-profile split from former long-term mentor Barry McGuigan, leaving Cyclone Promotions and breaking up with previous trainer Shane McGuigan too.
The Irishman used the end of 2017 to build towards another world title shot at some point in 2018 and he will continue that pursuit in April, when he faces Nonito Donaire.
That upcoming clash with the four-weight world champion will be another test of Frampton’s desire to get back among the world title mix, in what will be his second outing under new management and promotion.
The Belfast native came through a hard-fought battle with tough Mexican Horacio Garcia on his return to home soil in November, earning a unanimous decision win at the SSE Arena.
Under the guidance of new coach Jamie Moore and management of Frank Warren, Frampton will next look to topple former pound-for-pound star Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) on April 21st.
The now 30-year-old will take to the ring as the 1/8 favourite with Ladbrokes to prevail against the experienced Filipino and boost his world title aspirations further.
‘The Jackal’ pushing for world title success again
Frampton has reiterated his dream move to fight for a world title once again at Windsor Park during 2018, and a win over Donaire could go a long way in helping secure such a scenario.
Now under the promotional endeavours of Warren, a successful April outing for Frampton would likely see him contest the winner of IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby against Leeds challenger Josh Warrington.
The pair will finally meet on May 19th after much anticipation surrounding such an all-British bout, giving ‘the Jackal’ further incentive as well.
Although, Donaire, who has reigned at all of flyweight, bantamweight, super-bantamweight and featherweight in his illustrious career, will be keen to shatter Frampton’s hopes when they meet first.
The 35-year-old is seen as the 5/1 outsider with Coral to tame ‘the Jackal’ in their upcoming encounter, after returning in September to outpoint Mexican Ruben Garcia Hernandez in Texas.
As Frampton left the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last January after his first career defeat to Santa Cruz, few would have anticipated the rampant rise of Irish boxing in the following months.
Despite having lost his crown and being forced to endure a turbulent spell in his professional career, the sport took off once again on Irish soil as Belfast witnessed Ryan Burnett’s rise to unified bantamweight success.
Meanwhile, Wicklow heroine Katie Taylor became world champion as well, with a host of other upcoming names proving their worth across 2017.
But, after his incredible success up to and across 2016, it’s clear that Frampton is still the undisputed number one Irish fighter and he will hope a win on April 21st will set him up for another crack at world title supremacy in the coming months.