Boxing

Carl Frampton in line for return to Las Vegas for Isaac Dogboe rumble?

Isaac Dogboe has switched trainers from Freddie Roach to James Toney
Andy Watters

CARL Frampton will face Isaac Dogboe in Las Vegas if former super-bantamweight king Dogboe signs off on their featherweight rumble on November 30.

The fight remains unconfirmed because of Dogboe’s switch of trainer from Freddie Roach to James Toney but The Irish News understands that promoters Top Rank are confident it will go ahead and that Frampton - who boxed Leo Santa Cruz in 'Sin City' in 2017 - and Ghana-born Londoner Dogboe will face-off at the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the Las Vegas strip on a card that could also feature former WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez who is now campaigning at super-featherweight.

Dogboe stopped Jessie Magdaleno to win his world title in April last year. He defended the belt successfully against experienced Japanese Hidenori Otake four months later and travelled to Madison Square Garden for his second defence – against Emmanuel Navarette – full of confidence.

But the Londoner lost his title on points and was then stopped for the first time in his career in a May rematch in Arizona.

He hasn’t boxed since and will aim to return to winning ways against two-weight world champion Frampton who cannot afford another defeat after falling just short against Josh Warrington at the end of last year and then having his comeback fight with Emmanuel Dominguez in Philadelphia scuppered by a freak accident in his hotel lobby.

Meanwhile, Michael Conlan’s fight with Vladimir Nikitin has been confirmed for Madison Square Garden, New York on December 14.

The third meeting of Conlan and Russian Nikitin (they met twice as amateurs including the infamous Nikitin win at the Rio Olympics) was originally due to take place at Falls Park in August. Nikitin withdrew injured but has recovered in time to face stylist Conlan at ‘the Garden’.

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