Although former featherweight world champion Carl Frampton is in the midst of a legal battle with Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions that will extend all the way to this fall at least Frampton stands firm on returning to fight this summer.
In a column that he wrote for Sunday Life, Frampton spoke about the recent news that a judge has delayed a hearing scheduled for May and will now take place in September. Frampton claimed purse money and other earnings due to him from his past fights were withheld.
With that piece of news, there were some questions raised about Frampton's in-ring return. Frampton wrote that the delay won't impact the date of his next fight, which he believes will take place this summer.
"I think some of my fans were worried that it would push my return to the ring back to maybe the end of the year but as far as I am concerned there's no stopping me. Everything happens for a reason and I'll just focus on preparing for the opportunity that my team come up with for the summer," Frampton said.
No word on when, where or against who will Frampton fight has been announced yet, but he did recently sign a co-promotional deal with Top Rank Boxing in the United States. Frampton is just one of several fighters promoted by Frank Warren who signed co-promotional deals with Top Rank, including former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Frampton last fought in December when he unsuccessfully challenged for the IBF featherweight title, losing to Josh Warrington by unanimous decision.