August 22 Jonny Stapleton
Eddie Hearn believes Carl Frampton will join Paul McCloskey on the World title trail after he dethrones European ring King Kiko Martinez in Belfast next month.
The Matchroom promoter stressed the EBU strap is one of the most powerful belts in boxing and is adamant if the ‘Belfast Boy’ does defeat the Spaniard to claim a belt once owned by former World champion Bernard Dunne and world title challenger Willie Casey, he will be on the verge of a world title tilt.
Hearn, who intimated he wanted to promote regular in Belfast with Frampton and Paul McCloskey, believes continental success will help ‘The Jackal’ bypass the domestic scene and gate crash the international stage after just 11 fights.
“The European title is probably the most powerful catalyst to move forward to a world title. We’ve all seen what a European title does for fighters. It’s massive. It opens so many doors and gives you an automatic ranking in the WBC top 15. We’ll be pushing forward with Carl for other governing bodies too. Barry obviously will be dictating the pace of his career, but really when you win a European title you’re on the verge of a world-title shot. This is a huge opportunity for Carl and we’re just looking forward to putting on a huge night for Irish boxing fans, because shows like this don’t come around very often,” Hearn explained.
Such talk would raise concerns that Barry McGuigan’s protégé could be moved a long too quickly.
However, despite affording himself a glance down the world title trail the Matchroom promoter, who brings the biggest show Ireland has seen since the great Bernard Dunne era to Belfast on September 10, revealed the rate at which Frampton progresses will ultimately be his mentor’s decision.
“When Carl wins this fight, you’re looking at the mandatory being Rendall Munroe, and also Quigg and Booth are up there as well. There are loads of big domestic fights there waiting in wings. We will consult with Barry and see what he and his team decide. I can’t stress enough the power of a European title over any domestic, British or Commmonwealth, belts. The European title has brought so much to so many people and again a chance to bypass all of the domestic fighters.”