“It’s not signed yet, but we’ve been working Randy now for a while. We’ve talked June, then we talked August and now we’re talking June again,” Franklin said. “I think we’re having problems with Randy’s scheduling. So I really don’t know what the plan is at this point.”
“I’m at a point now where I’ve fought enough fights and it’s time for me to make a title run again and see where that takes me. That’s where my focus is now,’‘ said Franklin, who has five fights left on his contract. “It depends on the speed of things. I would imagine I’ll probably end up negotiating one more contract before I retire. I’m looking at another two or three years of fighting.”
It’s also one the reasons why Gurgel, Franklin’s longtime trainer, brought him to Mark DellaGrotte at Sityodtong in Somerville. “I wanted Rich to come here and train with Mark and improve his strikes. I’m sure Rich will learn a lot. I want him to work, get his Thai boxing a little better so he can finish his career with a cherry on top. I think he deserves that,” Gurgel said. “He just needs little adjustments. I think mark can definitely help him with the little things that he needs to fix - more explosiveness, a little variation of strikes, more elbows, more knees.”
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