Carl “The Jackal” Frampton was slated to make another title run but as of Monday, that plan has been put on hold.
The former two-division world champion from Belfast, Northern Ireland is officially off this weekend’s card against Emanuel Dominguez due to a left-hand injury.
In a report from Dan Rafael of ESPN, Jason Sosa vs. Haskell Lydell Rhodes, a 10-round junior lightweight bout, will move into the ESPN+ main event slot on Saturday in Philadephia.
With Carl Frampton out with a left hand injury, Jason Sosa vs. Haskell Lydell Rhodes, a 10-round junior lightweight bout, will move into the ESPN+ main event slot on Saturday. #boxing
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) August 5, 2019
For Frampton, this match was to begin his Top Rank Boxing debut since signing with them earlier in the year. His last professional bout was a defeat to Josh Warrington last December, marking the first time since 2013 he both began and ended a year without a significant title around his waist.
Frampton (26-2,15 KOs) after coming off a win against Scott Quigg on 2016, began what most boxing fans remember him for against Leo Santa Cruz. To challenge Santa Cruz, he moved up in weight to give Santa Cruz his first career loss, winning the featherweight title in their July 2016 throwdown in Brooklyn, New York.
Santa Cruz would obtain his revenge on Frampton as the immediate rematch with Santa Cruz handed Frampton his first career defeat Jan. 2017 by majority decision in Las Vegas.
Frampton updated his injury later on Monday night on his social media and relayed that he had been hurt in a freak accident in the lobby of his Philadelphia hotel. when someone knocked a heavy small pillar onto his hand:
— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) August 5, 2019
Here is hoping that Frampton’s hand injury doesn’t keep him out for an extended period as his name was mentioned in talks after this bout with current WBO challenger Shakur Steveson for the vacant featherweight title as Oscar Valdez moved up in weight.
Frampton being out for this weekend doesn’t ruin the entire Top Rank card on Saturday set at the Liacouras Center. Cuban Olympian Robeisy Ramirez will make his professional debut against Adan Gonzales (4-2-2, 2 KOs) in a four-round featherweight bout. As well on the card, middleweight sensation Edgar Berlanga (11-0, 11 KOs), who has 11 straight first-round knockouts to begin his career, will face an opponent to be named in an eight-rounder.