Dave ‘Boy’ McAuley believes Carl Frampton is entering the toughest phase of his professsional career.
Frampton takes on Hugo Cazares at the Odyssey on April 4 in a Final Eliminator for the WBC Superbantamweight World title.
And if he comes through that test ‘The Jackal’s’ next outing should be a shot at the WBC belt against champion Leo Santa Cruz.
Former IBF Flyweight World champion McAuley believes Frampton is heading towards his two toughest fights to date.
“I have watched Cazares a few times and I believe Frampton has the tools to beat him. Cazares is good but I am sure Frampton will see him off at the Odyssey.
“I have also watched Santa Cruz and he is a talented boy. That would be a dangerous fight but it is one that Carl can win, but I would be wary,” he added.
And McAuley says he hopes big money is spent on Frampton’s sparring partners.
“If it was me I would bring in the best sparring partners money can buy from South America. It gives you experience of fighting guys from that part of the world. That will be key when he faces Santa Cruz.
“Fighting these two guys will be a step-up for Carl. Carl is special but the more experience he gets before he fights Santa Cruz, the better.”