'Time to secure title shot' - Frampton

Published Tuesday, 18 March 2014
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With just three weeks to go until his WBC Final Eliminator bout against Mexican Hugo Cazáres in Belfast, Carl Frampton says he is "100% focused" on what will be his toughest challenge to date.

'Time to secure title shot' - Frampton
Carl Frampton heads the 'This Is Belfast' line-up. (© Russell Pritchard)

A win against Cazáres during the 'This Is Belfast' fight night at the Odyssey Arena next month would set Frampton up with a super-bantamweight world title fight against current holder Léo Santa Cruz.

"It's my time to secure my World title shot. I want that green WBC belt and I know what I have to do to get my hands on it," Frampton said, at a press conference to announce the undercard bouts.

"It's brilliant to be fighting in my hometown against a former two-weight world champion and I can't wait for 4 April."

I know he's (Frampton) a strong fighter - he's fought with a Mexican fighter Raúl Hirales and also KO'd Kiko Martínez. But there's a big difference between Kiko Martínez, Raúl Hirales and myself.

Hugo Cazáres

Cazáres is also up for the challenge though and he plans to be the one aiming for a world title.

"I'm looking forward to boxing in Belfast. I know the crowd will be behind him, but the only thing that matters is what happens in the ring," he said.

"The fans, the people that come along, can say what they want - but nobody will help us in the ring. I just do my job in the best way I can."

Meanwhile, there will also be plenty of action on the undercard of Frampton's big fight, with four title bouts billed.

Belfast's Marco McCullough will take on Belarusan fighter Andrei Isaeu for the vacant WBO European Featherweight title.

"It's exciting to be out again on a big Frampton undercard - it's always a great atmosphere and I'm up against a good opponent. I want to win and win in style," McCullough said.

Jamie Conlan will be handed the first title fight of his career, with his vacant title shot to be announced shortly.

"This is what I want - to be out in front of a big Belfast crowd and fighting for titles," he said.

'This is Belfast' will showcase the best of Belfast's boxing talent with four title fights on the undercard.

Barry McGuigan, Cyclone Promotions

Middleweight Conrad Cummings is excited to be making his home debut at the Odyssey, adding: "I'm looking forward to my first professional fight at home and my first six rounder."

Dungiven's Eamonn O'Kane will be back in action when he fights for a yet to be announced International Middleweight title.

"My opponent is to be announced soon, but I know it is going to be for a new belt," he said.

Dublin's Stephen Ormond will make a third defence of his title against Spain's Karim El Ouazghari.

"I was at Carl's last fight as a spectator and the atmosphere was unreal," he said.

"I'm looking forward to boxing in front of the Belfast crowd and defending my WBO European title."

Also on the undercard is the return of rising Belfast prospect Ryan Burnett, who will be making his second appearance at Odyssey.

© UTV News
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No in Northern Ireland wrote (221 days ago):
I hope the Northern Irish boxers will do Northern Ireland proud.
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