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MTK Global the 'best in the business' says new signing Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton joined Paddy Barnes, Jamie Conlan, Michael Conlan, Tommy McCarthy, Stephen Ward, Marc McCullough, Tyrone McKenna and a host of others at the Matt Macklin-fronted stable
Andy Watters

CARL Frampton said MTK Global were “the best in the business” after he became their latest Irish signing yesterday.

Frampton joined Paddy Barnes, Jamie Conlan, Michael Conlan, Tommy McCarthy, Stephen Ward, Marc McCullough, Tyrone McKenna and a host of others at the Matt Macklin-fronted stable that will now undertake “an advisory role” in his dealings with promoters.

MTK (Mack The Knife) fighters routinely feature on Frank Warren-promoted bills televised by BoxNation, but several – including Tyrone McKenna and Charlie Edwards - have also been lined up on promotions by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom organisation.

“I feel that MTK can get me the best deal with a promoter,” Frampton said in a statement.

“There was always the possibility that I could go my own way, but to have someone on your side advising you and getting you the best deal possible is always important and I feel Matthew Macklin and MTK Global can definitely do that.

“I listened to everyone before making my decision. If you look at what’s going on at the moment, they are the best in the business and getting their boxers involved in some really big fights and it’s only going to continue and keep getting better.”

After splitting with Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions in August, Frampton told The Irish News that the management team that would make his dream of fighting Leo Santa Cruz at Windsor Park a reality would be “halfway” towards getting his signature. He is confident that MTK can help make the final chapter of his career the best of all.

“That would be the dream come true - to fight Leo in the third fight at Windsor Park and beat him, that would be pretty perfect and ideal,” he said.

“That’s an objective of mine to fight at Windsor one day and that’s what I want to do and hopefully, it will happen. It’s the biggest venue in Belfast and I support Northern Ireland very passionately. The atmosphere has always been pretty incredible, you need to get to a match to understand it, there’s no other place like it and I want to put on a big boxing night to experience it, it would be a dream come true for me.”

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