Former two-time world heavyweight champion Carl Frampton looks set to leave BT Sports & Frank Warren for a permanent PBC promotion on ITV.
According to Tim Smith, The vice president of communications for Haymon Boxing, who is still in charge of the fight, said the Northern Ireland champion will not remain in his current campaign situation outside of his World title fight with Josh Warrington on Dec. 22.
“Other [Warrington] I’m sure the Frampton fights will be available for ITV. I’m not particularly sure what Frampton’s future will be like, but that’s the way it is [Frampton] is a PBC fighter, his fights are likely to take place on ITV, ”Smith said.
The PBC still has the keys to many potential fights for Frampton in the heavyweight division, including WBC champion Gary Russell Jr. (29-1, 17 KOs), or the conclusion of a fight trilogy with WBA title holder Leo Santa Cruz (35-) 1-1. , 19 KO).
Frampton holds an interim WBO title, but will fight for the IBF version of the heavyweight crown against Josh Warrington next weekend in Manchester at the BT Sport Box Office.
The winner was expected to join WBO full-time champion Oscar Wales (24–0, 19 KOs) in the spring of 2019.
If the move happens, it could be the first significant blow to the PBC’s current order in the UK. Frank Warren seemed to be resurrecting 2018, both in the face of intense competition from Operation Matchroom Eddie Hearn signing both Frampton and heavyweight star Tyson Fury.
If Frampton can get past Warrington, 2019 could be big years for both him and the British boxing market.