Boxing

Eddie Hearn 'extremely confident' of re-signing Carl Frampton after Cyclone split

Carl Frampton has been linked with a move back to the Matchroom Boxing stable, with Eddie Hearn admitting he would love to work with 'The Jackal' again. Picture by Pacemaker
Neil Loughran

PROMOTER Eddie Hearn says he is “extremely confident” of re-signing Carl Frampton – and promised to deliver a blockbuster Belfast showdown with Leo Santa Cruz next summer if a deal can be struck.

‘The Jackal’ announced last week that he had parted company with Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions after nine years, ending weeks of speculation that one of the most successful relationships in Irish sport was about to end.

Cyclone have opted to remain silent on the matter, but Matchroom boss Hearn – speaking at Belfast’s Europa Hotel yesterday - delivered his message loud and clear: “If Carl Frampton is available, I want him”.

Both Hearn and Frampton were in Las Vegas at the weekend for Conor McGregor’s multi-million pound fight with Floyd Mayweather jr, and there were unconfirmed rumours that the former two-weight world champion was also inside the Europa yesterday.

Hearn insisted no talks had taken place and, with his flight leaving Belfast at 3pm, none were scheduled.

However, he admitted he expected to have “conversations” with the Tigers Bay fighter in the near future.

“I guess they’ll be imminent,” said Hearn, in town to announce Ryan Burnett’s October 21 world title unification fight with Zhanat Zhakiyanov at the SSE Arena.

“He will want a fight and he’ll want a fight this year. If he’s going to do it, he needs to get planning because we’re nearly in September.

“I don’t know his position within Cyclone, there’s been a lot of silence there, but if Carl Frampton is available, I want him.”

Asked how confident he was of re-signing a fighter who had left his Matchroom stable in 2013, Hearn replied: “Extremely confident.

“He knows what we can do, he’s worked with us on the Scott Quigg fight – it was the biggest payday of his career so far.”

Frampton, the current Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year, is unlikely to be short of suitors, with plenty of interest expected from both sides of the Atlantic.

But Hearn is confident he can deliver the huge fights Frampton needs at this stage of his career – including a trilogy showdown with Mexican Santa Cruz at Windsor Park next summer.

“He’s got to be in those kind of fights and the problem is they [Cyclone] couldn’t bring Santa Cruz to Belfast - I believe I can.”

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