At just 30 years old, Frampton is a young man, but in boxing terms he can see retirement on a not-too-distant horizon. He is turning his attention to his final fighting years and how he will be remembered. His achievements are remarkable, a unified super-bantamweight champion, he won his first world crown in a purpose built outdoor stadium in his hometown and beat great rival Scott Quigg in Manchester. He became a two-weight titlist after beating Leo Santa Cruz on a thrilling night in New York and was the 2016 Fighter of the Year. But after losing their rematch in Las Vegas in January, Carl has more to give.
However the countdown to the end is beginning. “This fight coming up, one more before the end of the year, if I get three in next year, that could be it. If you got the Santa Cruz fight, imagine finishing on a high, going and beating Santa Cruz in the trilogy. Drop the mic kind of fight and I’m off. Who knows? Who knows how it’ll pan out,” he told Boxing News. “It’s getting harder. I enjoy the big nights and I enjoy fight week in the build up. I don’t think I’ve ever really enjoyed training. I do it because I’m good at it. And it is getting harder. I’m looking forward to the day when I can retire. Until that comes I’m going to give it my all. And it’s probably a couple of years. Two years. In the grand scheme of things over a lifetime, to be happily retired, maybe 32, 33, hopefully have a little bit of dough in the bank, it’s not bad.