Al Haymon has landed another star name in the world of boxing, adding IBF super bantamweight titleholder Carl Frampton to his ever-growing stable of fighters, likely signaling Frampton's arrival on U.S. soil with a title defense to be announced soon.
Barry McGuigan will continue to serve as Frampton's manager, with Cyclone Promotions as Frampton's promoter. Haymon is, as usual, in his familiar and vague role of "advisor."
Frampton, 28, has risen up the 122-pound ranks to become one of the true top fighters in the division, just behind Guillermo Rigondeaux in most minds. He started breaking out in 2013, beating Kiko Martinez for the European title, and beat Martinez again in 2014 to lift the IBF belt. He last fought on February 28, dominating Chris Avalos en route to a fifth round stoppage in Belfast, where he's become a reliable draw at the Odyssey Arena.
There has been a lot of talk in the last couple of years about Frampton (20-0, 14 KO) potentially facing England's Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KO) in a big clash, but the sides have never been able to get on the same page. Quigg is set to face Martinez on July 18 in Manchester.