Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Frampton Hungry To Bounce Back: I Want To Be Champion Again

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

CARL FRAMPTON sank a beer then shed a tear.

But his kids soon got him smiling again - even if his daughter did question why fans were still calling him ‘champ’ after the gut-wrenching loss to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in January.

Now the focus is on another Mexican foe when he faces Andres Gutierrez at the SSE Arena in Belfast on July 29.

But before the Belfast man looks forward, he remembers how he felt the night his unbeaten record was taken from him and is confident suffering defeat will only be a minor blip on what has been an impressive career.

Frampton, 30, had never tasted defeat before as he surrendered the WBA featherweight crown he had taken from the Mexican just six months earlier in New York.

So the former WBA and IBF super-bantamweight champion walked across the road from the MGM Grand the following day to the Nine Fine Irishmen bar to share a few drinks with a large chunk of the 5,000 Northern Irish fans that made the trip to see him.

“I went on the drink and forgot about it,” said Frampton. “We had a good night and enjoyed ourselves.”

carl-frampton (16)_1

But it was when Frampton was with those closer to him that the emotion finally came out, the tears he had held back in the ring just 24 hours earlier.

“We were in the wee Irish pub across from the MGM, then went back to my suite with a few close friends,” he said.

“We had a few more drinks, then maybe a few tears with a few jars in me. But it’s alright.

“I was properly gutted but I didn’t let it upset me too much. I got beat by a three-weight world champion on a bad performance for me and it was still relatively close.”

But it was when he returned home to Belfast with wife Christine, who had been in tears ringside when the majority decision was read out, to their two young children, Carla and Rossa, when he started to smile again.

“You get back home and it puts everything into perspective,” he said. “This is just sport, this is just boxing and when I got back to see the kids everything was alright.

“My wee girl was a bit funny, she is used to me winning. She said a few funny things about me getting beat. Kids cheer you up when they say stuff.

“People would still come up and go ‘Alright champ?’ and she said: ‘Why are they calling you champ, you got beat?’”

His appreciation for his supporters is so great that two weeks before the second Santa Cruz fight he was in that Irish bar sorting out arrangements with the management for a post-fight party to replicate the one in New York last July.

Most would have been too worried about the fight ahead.

“Everyone came out and the ones that didn’t were probably still in bed with a hangover,” he said.

“I don’t know if there is another fighter in the UK now who would bring that support to Las Vegas.

“Would Anthony Joshua bring 5,000 to Vegas? Maybe he would, but for me to do it as a little featherweight makes me very proud.

“There might be a couple of more fights in Vegas and hopefully the fan base continues to grow. I do appreciate it and going out and having a drink with them was not for show. That was me.

“I put a tab on in New York but there were too many people in Las Vegas I would have lost my purse. Hopefully everyone got a drink.

“I just appreciate the support, a lot of people that travelled are probably putting themselves in very difficult financial positions and not in the good books at home.”

His supporters feel like they can interact with him, he is one of them; a family man who enjoys a pint and has not got too big for his boots despite earning millions in the ring and becoming a national hero.

And another example of how approachable he is presents itself earlier this week at trainer Shane McGuigan’s newly-opened Wandsworth gym in London.

The Northern Irishman was relaxing in a back room before his next session when a father and son arrived wearing Frampton T-shirts.

The Belfast fighter, who is managed by ring legend Barry McGuigan, popped out and welcomed them before giving them a tour along with an impromptu game of darts with the young fan who travelled over from Northern Ireland.

The pair happily mingled with the team as middleweight prospect Conrad Cummings was put through his paces in the ring while Josh Taylor, who faces bitter rival Ohara Davies next week in Glasgow, and recent signing Chantelle Cameron prepared for their next session.

“Barry spoke about it before, it’s creating memories for people and it’s nice when you think about it like that,” said Frampton.

“People still approach him and say ‘I was at your fight at Loftus Road when you beat Eusebio Pedroza’ and if I’m getting people in 30 years talking about going to Vegas, New York or Manchester then that is something.”

The fanatical support he has was shown again when tickets for his upcoming clash with Gutierrez was sold out in minutes.

That has left fans who have missed out on tickets annoyed and Frampton understands but knows he has to focus on what is in front of him now to get back to winning ways and ensure the one defeat in his 24-fight career doesn’t linger.

“I feel like I’ve been doing alright in the gym and I want to be a champion again,” he said.

“We will see in this next fight what the defeat has done but I feel that I still have it.

“I’m only 30 and I’m in the prime of my career and it is not as if I’m over the hill because of a defeat.

“I’m still blasting away in the gym, there is no deterioration at all.”

For now the focus is on Gutierrez and a chance to put a frustrating few months trying to entice Santa Cruz over to Belfast to complete their trilogy behind him.

It soon became clear the Mexican would not travel across the Atlantic so other options were explored including a clash with IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby but the Welshman was tied up with a mandatory fight.

Then scheduling issues made the Windsor Park dream impossible and Cyclone Promotions had no other option but to go indoors at the 11,000-seater arena.

A job has to be done though and Frampton believes Gutierrez is the perfect fighter to help him get back on track.

The Mexican will provide a threat and will come to Belfast with just one defeat in 37 contests next month, but his aggressive style should play into the home fighter’s hands.

“I want to get up on my toes again, beat people up, bamboozle them and do what I can do,” said Frampton. “I fought too much in the Santa Cruz fights.

“This guy is made for me. His style is made for me. He comes forward, hands up, aggressive. I love that. If I could pick someone who is perfect for me, this would be him.

“He’s a good fighter though so I will have to be on my game. I haven’t stopped anyone in four fights so that would be good but the win is more important.”

After this he has a five-fight plan to become a four-time world champion and win a title at super-featherweight as well as securing that dream clash at Windsor Park before walking away from the sport.

“That will do me,” said Northern Ireland’s only two-weight world champion.

“I’ll sail off into the sunset and forget about boxing for a while.

“Not totally forget it as it’s all I know, but I’m not going to manage or promote or train people because you need to give your whole life to that. I’ve already given enough to boxing.

“I’ll hopefully have enough dough in the bank to sit on my a*** for a while. People say ‘oh but you will want to train after a while’.

“They don’t really know me. I can’t wait to eat, drink and do what I want. Boxing runs my life at the moment.

“I’m away from my family for so long and I sacrifice more than most boxers. It’s like I feel like I deserve to do nothing for a while.”

But before all that the one most want to see is the rubber match against Santa Cruz after their previous two classic clashes.

“It will be more of a blotch on his career than mine if it doesn’t happen again,” added Frampton. “I’m sure it will happen though and if I have to travel for it then I will."

“He’s a good fighter though so I will have to be on my game. I haven’t stopped anyone in four fights so that would be good but the win is more important.”

After this he has a five-fight plan to become a four-time world champion and win a title at super-featherweight as well as securing that dream clash at Windsor Park before walking away from the sport.

“That will do me,” said Northern Ireland’s only two-weight world champion.

“I’ll sail off into the sunset and forget about boxing for a while.

“Not totally forget it as it’s all I know, but I’m not going to manage or promote or train people because you need to give your whole life to that. I’ve already given enough to boxing.

“I’ll hopefully have enough dough in the bank to sit on my a*** for a while. People say ‘oh but you will want to train after a while’"

“They don’t really know me. I can’t wait to eat, drink and do what I want. Boxing runs my life at the moment.

“I’m away from my family for so long and I sacrifice more than most boxers. It’s like I feel like I deserve to do nothing for a while.”

But before all that the one most want to see is the rubber match against Santa Cruz after their previous two classic clashes.

“It will be more of a blotch on his career than mine if it doesn’t happen again,” added Frampton. “I’m sure it will happen though and if I have to travel for it then I will.”

Then there will be more pints but Frampton will hope any tears this time will be tears of joy.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Idgogay4AJ on 07-07-2017

They might find a bit courage knowing they will have a size advantage over rigo... Hopefully...

Comment by THC on 07-07-2017

Rigo can move up to 126 now that Loma is at 130.

Comment by p4ptbe on 07-07-2017

[quote=bronx2245;17838253]what about gary russell jr. Vs. Frampton in 2017?[/quote] another great fight! Or gary vs santa cruz! Or valdez vs santa cruz or mares!

Comment by Bronx2245 on 07-07-2017

[QUOTE=p4ptbe;17837578]Selby vs Frampton needs to happen in 2018![/QUOTE]What about Gary Russell Jr. vs. Frampton in 2017?

Comment by wrecksracer on 07-07-2017

[QUOTE=THC;17838000]Rigo needs to move up to 126 for one fight and grab a belt. Then let's see if Frampton wants it.[/QUOTE] Featherweight has a lot of good fighters. It's important to remember that most of them moved to featherweight to…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (8)
Top Headlines Epic Sports CEO on Securing Whyte-Pulev, Signing Fighters, More Inoue Confirms He’ll Compete in WBSS Bantamweight Tournament Brendan Ingle, Dean Francis Pass Away: Boxing World Mourns Tony Bellew "100%" Interested In Fighting Oleksandr Usyk Inoue Blows Out McDonnell in 1st Round to Win Bantamweight Title Trout: I'm Going To Derail Charlo-Hurd, Get Rematch With Hurd! Shiro Knocks Out Lopez With Body Shot in 2nd Round of Rematch Warren: Tyson Fury Will Avoid Comeback Mistakes of Haye Kal Yafai is Keen To Make a Statement in American Debut Frank Bruno Backing Dan Azeez To Go Far in Boxing Haye: Joe Joyce Would Take Jarrell Miller and Dillian Whyte Apart Demecillo Knocks Out Moya, Wenceslao Destroys Tinampay Wilder: Trump is Huge Boxing Fan, Wants a KO in My Next Fight Warrington: I Was Doubted at Every Level, Now I'm Champion Regis Prograis: I Knew Jose Ramirez Wasn't Going to Fight Me Buboy Denies Chatter That Pacquiao is Burning Out in Camp Omar Chavez Targets Hector Camacho Jr. For August Clash De La Hoya: Golovkin is Afraid of Canelo - We're Moving On! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Final Presser Joseph Diaz Will Return Even Stronger, Says Manager Denis Shafikov vs. Hector Suarez Tops Hollywood Fight Nights Roman Gonzalez Eyes United States Return in September Whyte-Pulev: Surprise Bidder Beats Hearn, Sauerland For Rights Photos: Wilder, Sulaiman, Lewis, Stallone Hit The White House Jeff Horn Involved in Car Accident, No Injuries Suffered Donald Trump Issues Rare Posthumous Pardon To Jack Johnson Jermall Charlo: Me & My Brother Open to Hearing Hearn's Offers UK News: Phil Sutcliffe, Sean McComb Debut, More Christina Hammer Talks Training Camp For Showtime Defense Hearn Confirms July Return for Brook; Date, Opponent & Site TBA Photos: Naoya Inoue, Jamie McDonnell - Ready For War in Japan Robert Easter Adds Cunningham To His Team For Garcia Bout Jose Ramirez's Adviser Explains Why Freddie Roach Was Replaced Arum Ready To Make Deal: Stevenson Must Fight Gvozdyk Next McDonnell: When I Beat Inoue, Everyone in World Will Know Me Hekkie Budler's Trainer Breaks Down The Big Upset in Japan Everton Lopes, Two-Time Olympian, Decides To Retire Is David Haye About To Retire From Boxing? Horn's Trainer: We Can't Afford To Let Crawford Land Big Shots Luis Ortiz Coach Expects Wilder Rematch, Feels Joshua Will Delay
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement