Carl Frampton vs Tyler McCreary

Carl Frampton plans to knock out Tyler McCreary to line up world title fight next

Published On Thursday, November 28, 2019By British Boxing News

Carl Frampton discusses next fight

Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/ Top Rank

Four days before they let their fists fly at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, former two-weight world champion Carl "The Jackal" Frampton and former featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez paid a surprise holiday visit to Opportunity Village, a nonprofit serving Southern Nevadans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Frampton and Valdez toured the campus Tuesday morning, held a meet-and-greet with Opportunity Village clients, and visited the renowned and newly renovated Magical Forest.

In separate 10-round super featherweight bouts, Valdez will make his division debut against former world title challenger Andres Gutierrez, while Frampton will battle the unbeaten American Tyler McCreary (ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).

Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) is coming off nearly a one-year absence from the ring, as his planned August comeback bout was postponed after a freak accident at the fight hotel left him with a broken hand. Valdez (26-0, 20 KOs) made six defenses of his WBO featherweight world title before moving up to seek challenges against the likes of Frampton and WBC world champion Miguel Berchelt.

The 32-year-old Belfast boxer wants to become a trhee-weight world champion and is confident he beats any featherweight in the world.

This is what he had to say about this upcoming bout and visit to Opportunity Village.

On the visit to Opportunity Village: "Many of us have loved ones who may not be as able-bodied as we are. This facility is fantastic. It was great to take a look around see all of the amazing work they do. You should give back to the community when you are in a position to do it."

 

On the injury that postponed his August fight: "I was upset at the time. I felt like a whole camp had been wasted, time away from my family had been wasted. Look, you just have to deal with it and move on and kind of try and forget about it and move on. I'm looking forward to the fight. By the time the fight comes around, it will be {nearly} a year since I've been in the ring."

On McCreary: "McCreary is a good, hungry, young, undefeated kid, and this is his big chance. If he beats me, I'm pretty sure in his next fight he'll fight for a world title. It's not going to happen. I've prepared very hard for this fight. I've prepared like I'm an underdog, and I am going in to put on a show. To be honest, I want to win this fight, but I want to knock this kid out."

On his future plans: "I've had some huge fights in my career. No matter who the opponent is, it's always going to be the biggest fight because of the situation I'm in now. It's a must-win. I have to win this fight to fight a champion in my next fight. I want to fight for a world title in my next fight, so I must beat Tyler McCreary."

"The plan is to become a three-weight world champion. That's my goal. Ireland has a rich history in boxing champions. We've produced so many great fighters — and we're still doing it — but to be the guy on top and be the first and only guy to win three titles in three different divisions, it would mean the world to me. I want nothing more than my kids to be proud of me and say that their dad is a three-weight world champion."