BARRY MCGUIGAN INTERVIEW ON 2015 FOR CARL FRAMPTON
By Steve Wellings
MCGUIGAN SAYS AMERICA IS CALLING FOR FRAMPTON
Barry McGuigan is expecting a huge 2015 for Carl Frampton and has laid down ambitious plans for his undefeated star. The suggestion has been for a while that Frampton is close to making his highly-anticipated American debut. The Belfast boxer’s fan-friendly style would no doubt mesh well with the likes of Leo Santa Cruz or Abner Mares but so far WBC title holder Santa Cruz at least has been difficult to pin down for a unification. Barry reckons that it will only be a matter of time before Carl travels across the pond to enter the lucrative US market.
“America has been calling for some time and we will go out there when we’re ready and the time is right. We know what we’re doing and I’ve been down this road before,” said McGuigan Snr who is cautious of looking past February 28 opponent Chris Avalos.
“We had two main objectives and the main one was to win the world title – preferably at home. We also wanted to fight here [in Belfast] on a regular basis, then conquer America and go to England as well. All of these things are planned for next year. Number one is February 28 and we’ll sort this fellow [mandatory challenger Avalos] out here first.”
One thing that has yet to be resolved is the television situation. McGuigan refused to be drawn on a couple of issues during the press conference and that was one of them. Belfast journalist David Kelly asked how new sponsor CWM (Cyclone have now been re-branded as CWM Cyclone Promotions) would take operations to a new level. The response of “watch this space” adds an element of intrigue.
“We will announce our broadcasting partner in January,” added Barry.
That now appears unlikely to be boxing subscription station BoxNation who, despite televising Frampton’s last three fights, are currently scheduled to show Tyson Fury and Chris Eubank Jnr in London on that same February date. If BoxNation were to remain involved then perhaps a split between the Frampton and Fury shows could be viable. Back in 2009 Frank Warren’s Martin Rogan-Sam Sexton rematch in Belfast and Paul McCloskey’s European title fight with Daniel Rasilla in Magherafelt (promoted by Brian Peters) were both screened live on the same night.
Alternative options could include a pay-per-view internet stream or the dark horse option in the background of Sky TV. Matchroom Boxing head honcho Eddie Hearn is involved in the fight on a tangential level but Avalos’ manager Mike Criscio admitted that all of their dealings are with Top Rank and not with Hearn himself. It is possible that McGuigan could negotiate a standalone deal with the powerhouse network independent of Matchroom, similar to the broadcaster’s interest in Amir Khan.
“Apparently Tyson Fury is fighting on the same night yeah,” was Barry’s non-committal stance on BoxNation.
If, as expected, Frampton finds himself back on Sky Sports that will conceivably help prize the doors open a little wider for a domestic blockbuster with Scott Quigg. However, by the time Quigg is fit and ready for such an encounter, ‘The Jackal’ could already be off conquering America.
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