Carl Frampton + Michael Conlan Weigh-In!
Carl Frampton 134.4 lbs vs. Darren Traynor 134.25 lbs
(Lightweight — 10 Rounds)
(ESPN & ESPN Deportes, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT)
Michael Conlan 126.25 lbs vs. Sofiane Takoucht 126.6 lbs
(Featherweight — 10 Rounds)
Archie Sharp 133 lbs vs. Jeff Ofori 131.1 lbs
(Lightweight— 10 Rounds)
(ESPN+, 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT)
Troy Williamson 152.8 lbs vs. Harry Scarff 153.3 lbs
(Williamson's IBF European Junior Middleweight title— 10 Rounds)
Paddy Donovan 146.5 lbs vs. Des Newton 149.3 lbs
(Welterweight — 6 Rounds)
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Fight Night Live Press Conference
With Carl Frampton, Michael Conlan and Archie Sharp!
In undercard action on ESPN+:
Dennis “The Menace” McCann (6-0, 4 KOs), the 19-year-old prodigy from Kent, England, will face an opponent to be named in a scheduled eight-round junior featherweight bout. The southpaw stylist turned pro last year and has yet to lose a round.
Troy “Trojan” Williamson (14-0-1, 11 KOs) will make the first defense of his IBF European junior middleweight belt against an opponent to be named.
Paddy “Real Deal” Donovan (3-0, 2 KOs), a Top Rank-signed prospect from Limerick, Ireland, will see action against an opponent to be determined in a six-round welterweight tilt. Donovan is trained and managed by former middleweight world champion and Limerick native Andy Lee.
August 15: Darren Traynor Steps Up to Face Carl Frampton Live on ESPN Undercard Bouts to Stream Live on ESPN+!
(August 10th) Carl "The Jackal" Frampton will fight Scottish veteran Darren "Trayn-Wreck" Traynor in a 10-round lightweight bout this Saturday, August 15. Frampton was supposed to face Vahram Vardanyan, but visa issues forced Vardanyan to pull out of the fight last week.
In the 10-round co-main event, featherweight contender Michael "Mick" Conlan (13-0, 7 KO) will face former world title challenger Sofiane Takoucht (35-4-1, 13 KOs).
The Frampton-Traynor and Conlan-Takoucht bouts will be televised LIVE in the United States on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. Undercard bouts, including the return of Top Rank and MTK Global welterweight prospect Paddy "Real Deal" Donovan (3-0, 2 KOs), will stream LIVE on ESPN+ starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
"The show must go on, and Carl needed a fight after a pretty long layoff," said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. "His goal is to become Ireland's first three-weight world champion, and after he's victorious on Saturday, we will do everything we can to give him that opportunity."
Said Frampton, "I'm delighted to get an opponent over the line. I have to credit MTK Global for seeing there could have been issues with the original opponent getting into the country, and they have been paying Darren Traynor for a number of weeks to train.
"He'll be in decent shape and will be up for it as well. There is no pressure on him, but it is up to me to look good. I want to be taking this guy out and then moving on to think about Jamel Herring.
"I can't be complacent in the slightest. I know I'm the big favorite in the fight, but I want to win and want to look good, and I want to win by knockout.
"I feel like he's a better opponent as he's fought at a higher level than Vardanyan, and he's coming in at lightweight. I haven't made my debut at junior lightweight yet and I'm already jumping in at lightweight, so that's obviously a little bit in his favor, but I'm looking forward to not having to struggle at all in fight week and then putting on an explosive show."
"Carl is gunning for a third world title at a third different weight and cannot afford any mishaps on Saturday night," said Frank Warren, who co-promotes Frampton. "Darren Traynor is ready to step in and fully prepared to give Carl the competitive fight he needs before heading into a WBO world championship battle against Jamel Herring, hopefully, later this year."
“Unfortunately, Vahram had visa issues, which was something that we had envisioned as a possible scenario. We reached out to Darren Traynor and his team to be ready in case this situation had come out this way," said MTK Global Vice President Jamie Conlan.
Traynor (16-3, 7 KOs), from Aberdeen, Scotland, is a nine-year pro and former two-weight Scottish champion who once challenged for the British super featherweight title. He had been training as a potential fill-in opponent, so when the call came to fight a Frampton, he did not hesitate. He's split his last four bouts, most recently winning a decision over veteran Des Newton at lightweight.
August 15th: Belfast Natives
Carl Frampton and Michael Conlan
Co-Headline LIVE on ESPN!
(July 23rd) Two of Belfast's pugilistic heroes, junior lightweight contender Carl “The Jackal” Frampton and featherweight contender Michael “Mick” Conlan, are joining forces. Frampton and Conlan will co-headline a special BT Fight Night card in separate 10-round bouts Saturday, Aug. 15, behind closed doors at BT Sport Studio in London.
Frampton (27-2, 15 KOs) will fight the hard-hitting Vahram Vardanyan (21-1-1, 14 KOs) while Conlan (13-0, 7 KOs) faces former European champion and recent world title challenger Sofiane Takoucht (35-4-1, 13 KOs).
The Frampton vs Vardanyan and Conlan vs Takoucht bouts will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, Saturday, August 15, beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. Undercard bouts will stream live on ESPN+ starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
“What a tremendous opportunity for fight fans to see Mick and Carl fight on the same card,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. "Carl and Mick are closing in on world title opportunities, and I expect spectacular performances from both men.”
Frampton returns following his dominant 10-round decision over the previously undefeated Tyler McCreary last November in Las Vegas. Vardanyan has won six in a row since the lone defeat of his career, and Frampton must prevail to earn a shot at WBO junior lightweight world champion Jamel Herring. Frampton’s goal is to become the first Irish boxer to win world titles in three weight classes.
“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.”
In Conlan's last outing, he avenged his bitter defeat from the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals, notching a unanimous decision win over Vladimir Nikitin at Madison Square Garden. A planned St. Patrick’s Day return to New York was called off due to the ongoing pandemic, but Conlan will stay active against Takoucht, who in his most recent contest challenged Josh Warrington for the IBF featherweight world title. Before the Warrington fight, Takoucht had won eight in a row.
"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.”