Conlan On Fighting Frampton: Money Talks, We Wouldn't Say No

By Keith Idec

Michael Conlan completely understands that he and Carl Frampton are at different stages of their boxing careers.

Conlan and Frampton also are friends. Conlan still won’t rule out the possibility of fighting Frampton in what would be a huge fight in their native Northern Ireland.

Conlan initially told IFL TV that “it’s not gonna happen,” yet admitted that if he and Frampton were offered enough money that the featherweights from Belfast could fight. Frampton attended Conlan’s fight Saturday night at Odyssey Arena in Belfast, where the 2016 Olympian beat Brazil’s Adeilson Dos Santos (19-5, 15 KOs) on points in an eight-round bout (79-73).

“Nah. It’s not gonna happen,” Conlan said of fighting Frampton. “We’re brothers. We’re brothers. Listen, if it did happen, a hundred percent I’d be up for it if our paths crossed. Never say never, a hundred percent. But I’m friends with Carl and he [was] there Saturday night, supporting me, and I’ll be at Windsor, supporting him. But listen, money talks and if the money was right for both of us to fight, he wouldn’t say no, I wouldn’t say no. A hundred percent, it could happen.”


The 26-year-old Conlan (8-0, 5 KOs) hopes to fight for a world title sometime in 2019. If Frampton is a world champion next year and can’t land the fights he wants most – specifically a rubber match with Leo Santa Cruz – boxing Conlan could be become an attractive alternative.

The 31-year-old Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs) is scheduled to face Australia’s Luke Jackson (16-0, 7 KOs) on August 18 at Windsor Park, a soccer stadium in Belfast. They’ll fight for the WBO’s interim 126-pound championship.

Thereafter, Frampton hopes to secure a third fight against Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs). Frampton beat Santa Cruz by majority decision in their first fight, but Santa Cruz defeated Frampton by majority decision in their January 2017 rematch and regained the WBA featherweight title.

“In fairness to him, he can continue on for a few more years, but he could be in the final chapter of his career,” Conlan said of Frampton. “And hopefully he gets that Santa Cruz rematch, which he’s down for. Hopefully he gets another world title, first off. But hopefully, the main thing for him before he finishes his career is get that rubber match, and he gets the victory. If I was him and I got that, I’d call it a day after beating him. Go out on a high.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 07-03-2018

Conlan Vs Kiko Martinez should be targeted for later this year.

Comment by rudy on 07-02-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18909246] I was very impressed by Michael's performance this Saturday vs. Dos Santos, I dont know what you appreicate in boxing but that : footwork! that defense tho! that control of space, ring-generalship!…

Comment by T.M.T on 07-02-2018

Conlon's excuses when he doesn't stop his opponent doe!!!

Comment by crisantonio917 on 07-02-2018

The way he looks lately with Booth training him, he couldn't be Frampton's sparring partner...

Comment by 1hourRun on 07-02-2018

[QUOTE=rudy;18909225]Please Michael last fight clearly shows he has no punching power, trust me he wont go far in the pro ranks, he will get derailed not been impressed in any of his fights. How the hell can you not stop…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Miller: I Knew Joshua's a Punk; Wanted to Push His Buttons Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse: Afterthoughts Carl Frampton Getting Annoyed By Trash Talk of Luke Jackson Kamil Delighted After Winning The Right To Remain in Scotland Jermaine Franklin Decisions Craig Lewis at Motor City Casino Bellew: I Prefer Usyk-Gassiev Winner - But Fury Easier, Pays More Joshua: Wilder is Definitely Going To Happen - Confident I'll Win! Zeuge's Coach, Braehmer, Went Bonkers After Upset Loss Shakhram Giyasov Picks Up Stoppage Win in First Round Usyk, Gassiev Could Be One Step Away Before Heavyweight Leap Nacho: Canelo Needs The "Perfect Fight" To Beat Golovkin Subriel Matias vs. Breidis Prescott Set For August 18 Photos: Andrade, Vargas, Hooker, Roman Join Hearn, DAZN Photos: Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller - Confrontation in NYC Jarrell Miller-Artur Szpilka in Play For October 6 in Chicago Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Go Face To Face Cindy Serrano Confident That She Will Shock Katie Taylor Chocolatito Solves Visa Issue, Hopes For September Return Joshua Warns Miller: Anyone is Welcome To Come Get The Smoke! Hearn: Greatest Thing To Happen To U.S. Boxing in a Long Time! Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller Erupt in Heated Confrontation Ryan Burnett, Mikhail Aloyan Confirmed For WBSS Season 2 DAZN Fighter Signings, Event Dates, Service Price Revealed Parker's Trainer: We Want 'Fair Referee' For Dillian Whyte Fight Usyk: On Saturday, People Will See Everything From Me Whyte-Parker: Joe Joyce Rules Himself Out, Reveals Trainer Split Pacquiao Coach Would Love Amir Khan Showdown at Wembley Hurd's Coach: Charlo Panics in Tough Spots - We'll Exploit That! Pacquiao: I Don't Know Yet About Fighting Keith Thurman Frank Warren: Fury Has The Tools To Beat Them All Comfortably Trainer: Pacquiao Proved Doubters Wrong, There are Many Haters Charlie Flynn Believes it is Time To Talk Usyk vs. Gassiev - Full World Boxing Super Series Card Price: Joshua Did Not Knock Takam Out Cold - Povetkin Did Hearn: The Offer To Deontay Wilder Will NOT Be Improving! Ken Shiro Looks Forward To a Long Reign as Champion Dooley Noted: The Diminishing of Yorkies, Undercards, PPVs Bivol Prepares For Chilemba, Admits He Has One Eye on Kovalev Pacquiao: I'm Addicted To Boxing - I Want To Defend My Belt! Berchelt vs. Roman in Talks For October Date on HBO

Latest Active Forum Threads