Carl Frampton, Michael Conlan Return Fights Official For August 15
Irish pride will be on the line as Michael Conlan and Carl Frampton will compete on the same card together. Top Rank confirmed that August 15 will be the official return of both fighters.
Taking place in the BT Sport Studios in London and airing on ESPN+, Frampton will take on Vahram Vardanyan while Conlan will fight Sofiane Takoucht.
“What a tremendous opportunity for fight fans to see Mick and Carl fight on the same card,” said Top Rank’s Bob Arum. “Carl and Mick are closing in on world title opportunities, and I expect spectacular performances from both men.”
Frampton (27-2) last fought in November, beating Tyler McCreary via unanimous decision in a rebound following a loss against Josh Warrington. The former IBF and WBA Super-Bantamweight and interim WBO Featherweight Champion is expected to fight for an interim title before facing off against Jamel Herring sometime in November.
“I’m excited to get back in the ring, especially as I was unsure at the start of this lockdown about whether I’d get the chance to fight this year at all,” Frampton said. “The Jamel Herring fight was meant to happen in the summer but got ruled out, so this is a fight that keeps me busy and keeps me active. Hopefully, I get the win here, and then we can have the Herring fight for the world title later this year or in early 2021.”
Herring (21-2) had to back out of his fight with Jonathan Oquendo after twice testing positive for the coronavirus. The bout is looking to be rescheduled later this summer.
Vardanyan (21-1-1) is on a six-fight win streak dating back to 2018. Suffering his first loss in 2016, the 31-year-old from Armenia took a year+ away from the ring. His last bout was a split decision win against Yona Segu back in February.
The 28-year-old Conlan made his professional debut in 2017. A bronze medalist in the 2012 Olympics, Conlan beat Jason Cunningham in 2018 for the WBO Inter-Continental Featherweight Championship. He has defended it three times, most recently in December. Inside Madison Square Garden, Conlan avenged his Olympic loss against Vladimir Nikitin by beating him via unanimous decision.
“I’m delighted to be back boxing again. I haven’t stopped training throughout lockdown, so I’m coming in prepared, and I expect to put on a big performance,” Conlan said. “I’m interested to see how it will be fighting in front of no fans, but I’ve done it before in the amateurs, so experiencing that again is something I’m looking forward to.”
Conlan was supposed to fight in March against Miguel Marriaga. Due to the coronavirus reaching the United States, the card meant for Madison Square Garden was one of the first major fight events to be postponed.
Takoucht (35-4-1) lost his last bout against Warrington for the IBF Featherweight Title in October. The TKO-loss ended an eight-fight win streak dating back to 2014.
Other fighters and bouts set to take place on the card include:
- Dennis McCann (6-0)
- Troy Williamson (14-0-1) defending the IBF European Junior-Middleweight Title
- Paddy Donovan (3-0)