‘Frampton has power to rule the world’ says McGuigan

Belfast super-bantamweight Carl Frampton
Belfast super-bantamweight Carl Frampton

Barry McGuigan believes Carl Frampton will issue a ruthless statement of intent when he continues his WBC World title assault on April 4.

Tigers Bay fighter Frampton will face Mexican Hugo Cazares in a final eliminator for the WBC Super-bantamweight crown at the Odyssey Arena on that date.

The winner of the clash should then fight WBC champ Leo Santa Cruz later in the year – and McGuigan believes Frampton will explode into action on the ‘This is Belfast’ bill.

“It is not just about winning. It is about blasting boys out and Carl has the power to go out and stop any super-bantamweight in the world and we will make sure he goes out and does that,” McGuigan said.

“There is great excitement in the camp and the plan was always to get WBC champion Santa Cruz, so we are going straight for him.

“We have spoken to Santa Cruz and his team and they are keen to make the fight.”

McGuigan yesterday admitted they have given up on ever facing IBF Champion Kiko Martinez – who Frampton stopped last year.

“The last few months have been frustrating. We offered Martinez a staggering amount of money, but they turned it down.

“But every time Kiko shuts his eyes he thinks about Carl Frampton knocking him out. He is totally petrified.

“We could get into the mandatory position but they could muck us about and avoid us.

“We did not want to wait for that fight to happen so we took a calculated risk and we moved to the WBC.

“We put in loads of work and put a lot of money in to get it here – but now we have it and we are delighted,” he added.