Carl Frampton: “The Next Fight I lose I’m Done”

High Stakes in Frampton v McCreary

Carl Frampton, Tyler McCreary
Carl Frampton, Tyler McCreary

High Stakes in Frampton v McCreary

After suffering a freak hand injury ahead of his last bout, Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (26-2, 15 KO’s) is ready to make his return to the ring. His return date will be on November 30. Then, he will face the challenge of Toledo, OH fighter Tyler “The Golden Child” McCreary (16-0-1, 7 KO’s). The two will go head to head in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The intriguing fight will air live on ESPN+.


Back in August, Frampton was on schedule to tangle with Emmanuel “Veneno” Dominguez (26-8-2, 18 KO’s). That was until a large decorative column fell on his hand in a hotel lobby. The random happenstance left Frampton with a broken fifth metacarpal on his left hand and effective sidelined him from the fight. Had the fight proceeded, it would have been his first after newly signing up with Top Rank. At the moment, the Jackal says that his hand feels good and believes that it will not be a factor in the swiftly approaching prizefight.

In all actuality, his bout with McCreary will mark a number of firsts for Frampton. It will be his inaugural fight for Top Rank and his first time fighting at super featherweight. It will also be his first time back in America since his first pro loss to Leo Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KO’s) back on January 1, 2017. According to the Jackal, he is ready to tackle all these challenges head on.

“He’s a slickster kind of slick American, the ole fucking shoulder up and one hand down. He’s not a bad fighter. He may give me trouble for a fucking while but, all these guys, when they get an opportunity, they kind of turn up a gear and turn up a notch because if he beats me, then he can suddenly put his name forward to be boxing for a world title. So it’s a big fight for me […] he’s a good fighter and I’ll have to be at my best, but I’m determined to get back to winning ways.” ~Carl Frampton, former featherweight champion

When last in the ring Frampton lost a thrilling, all-action slug-fest to IBF world featherweight champion Josh “The Leeds Warrior” Warrington (30-0, 7 KO’s). It was only the second professional loss of his career. Seeking a change, and considering the his age, Frampton thought it a prudent idea to move up a division.


One would think there’s enough pressure with scrutiny of the boxing public looking to see how Frampton rebounds. Yet, the Jackal is putting a great deal of added pressure on himself. He has declared that whenever he loses again, he will go ahead and hang up the gloves. Some may think that this is why he has selected the largely unheralded Ohioan to chuck knuckles with. However, this is quite opposite of the truth.

“The next fight I lose I’m done, I’m absolutely going to say that. I won’t box again, so I’m not even thinking about that. I’m think about winning this fight and pushing on to fight for a world title and winning another world title, that’s my plan.” ~Carl Frampton, former featherweight champion

While the Irish technician acknowledges that undefeated McCreary doesn’t have the biggest marque name around, he admits that he is looking forward to the challenge of the American’s slick style. Likewise, Tyler McCreary is not bashful about owning up to this being his biggest challenge to date.

The Toledo, OH native realizes that he will need to bring his A-game when he engages the former world champion on the biggest stage of his young career. Yet, for him, the risk is worth the reward.

“It’s a big step up for me, but I feel that I’m ready for it. It’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down, and I feel that every fight is a risk. This is one where, if anything, I would love to risk my undefeated record against a fighter like Frampton. A win here means a world title shot next.” ~Tyler McCreary

3kingsboxing will continue to provide all the latest updates on the bout that will either mark the continuous of a great career or the changing of the guard.

By: Bakari Simpson

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