Frampton 'one fight from world title'

Published Thursday, 30 January 2014
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Belfast boxer Carl Frampton has told UTV he is just "one fight away from a world title", after confirming that he will face Mexican fighter Hugo Cazáres on home turf in his final eliminator bout.

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This April, the Jackal will go toe-to-toe with Cazáres at the Odyssey Arena, with a view to setting up a super-bantamweight world title fight against current holder Léo Santa Cruz.

At 35, Cazáres may have nearly 10 years on his opponent - but, as Frampton acknowledges, that means nearly 10 years more experience racked up.

"He hasn't been knocked out since 1999. I was a pup then," Frampton told UTV, with a smile.

Cazáres is also undefeated at super-bantamweight level, but Frampton is confident that he will be able to handle whatever is thrown at him.

"I think I can adapt to any sort of style. He's one of these guys who doesn't really have a style - sometimes he'll go backwards, sometimes he'll go forwards, he'll switch hits ..." he said.

"He'll be tricky, but I'll be able to suss him out."

If I stop this guy, it's going to be a big statement.

Carl Frampton

Frampton has been chasing a world title fight against IBF super-bantamweight champion Kiko Martínez, but seems to have been given the run-around by the Spaniard.

Their last bout in Belfast saw Martínez knocked out in the ninth round - the first time in his career that he had been KO'd - with Frampton taking his European title belt.

Despite lucrative offers, another fight between the two is proving hard to nail down.

"An offer 10 times what he was paid before to fight me was made, with the offer of a rematch if he wanted," Frampton shrugged.

"He turned it down."

Frampton and his team now feel that Cazáres is a great opponent and are hoping his visit to Belfast will pave the way for that crack at Léo Santa Cruz.

"We're thrilled to bring this fight to Belfast," Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan said.

"The Odyssey is an incredible arena for atmosphere and the fans are just brilliant - so supportive."

Carl Frampton will face Hugo Cazáres in Belfast on Friday 4 April.

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4 Comments
Martell in Belfast wrote (77 days ago):
World Champ from our wee country
andrew dunn in carrickfergus wrote (77 days ago):
hope u get the title u deserve, good luck.
Rab in Belfast wrote (77 days ago):
Mon the ulsterman !
Andrew Lutton in Portadown wrote (78 days ago):
A great oppurtunity for young Frampton . Hes a level headed young lad and has loads of ability with a knockout punch.Have no doubt this lad will be a world chanpion and he deserves it.
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