Frampton needs new foe for ring return

Carl Frampton needs a new opponent for his upcoming fight.
Jamie Moore & Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton needs a new opponent for his upcoming fight.

The Ulsterman is set to return to the ring on August 15, exclusively live on BT Sport.
Frampton has been out of action since last November when he soundly defeated Tyler McCreary at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, winning every round on all three scorecards and recording two knockdowns against the 27-year-old Ohio native.

Vahram Vardanyan was the man who was set to be in the opposite corner at the BT Sport Studios in Stratford, London.

But visa issues that would’ve prevented him from entering England next week for the clash against ‘The Jackal’ have put paid to his big opportunity.

If Frampton wins his upcoming bout, he is expected to meet Jamel Herring next, assuming the heavily favoured Herring (21-2, 10 KOs) successfully defends his WBO super-featherweight title against Jonathan Oquendo (31-6, 19 KOs) on September 5 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

The Herring-Frampton showdown was tentatively scheduled for June 13 in Belfast, but the outdoor event at Windsor Park was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BT Sport and ESPN-aired show topped by Frampton next week will be blessed with an appearance from Michael Conlan.

Conlan, who is undefeated and has now moved down to super-bantamweight, is set to meet former IBF world featherweight title challenger Sofiane Takoucht of France over 10 rounds in the co-feature.

Takoucht will be well known to UK fans after being dismantled in just two rounds by Leeds’ IBF champion Josh Warrington last October at the First Direct Arena.

Conlan avenged his controversial Olympic loss to Vladimir Nikitin in his last outing, beating the Russian by unanimous decision. He was then scheduled to battle Colombia’s Belmar Preciado (20-2-1, 13 KOs) in the main event of a March 17 card at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York, but that was scrapped at just five days’ notice due to the pandemic.

Elsewhere on the August 15 show, Archie Sharp is set to defend his WBO European super-featherweight title against Jeff Ofori, while there is action for IBF European super-welterweight champion Troy Williamson alongside unbeaten Limerick southpaw Paddy Donovan and Dennis McCann.

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