Shane McGuigan sure Carl Frampton is on verge of greatness

Carl Frampton fight: warning of disruption
Carl Frampton fight: warning of disruption

Trainer Shane McGuigan believes Carl Frampton is on the verge of greatness before he faces Kiko Martinez in Belfast on Saturday night.

The Tigers Bay super-bantamweight will challenge Martinez for the Spaniard’s IBF World title in the Titanic Quarter.

Over 16000 fans will be at the stadium and the fight will be beamed live throughout the world and McGuigan believes victory on Saturday night would open the door to bigger fights.

“Huge fights are on the horizon and this fight is now being broadcast to over 90 countries which is a tribute to my brother Jake who is doing all the work.

“It is getting Carl Frampton’s name out there and once he gets the recognition all over the world - then the world is his oyster.

“There are mega fights, huge fights out there for him. Scott Quigg, Leo Santa Cruz and he can even go up through the weight divisions to super-featherweight.

“This is going to be a huge fight against Martinez but Carl has attracted this crowd and he is still not a World champion.

“He wins Saturday and we can come back here next summer and have double the numbers we have here coming to watch him,” he added

Martinez - since Frampton stopped him in February last year - has won a World title and defended it two times.

The Alicante fighter believes he is coming to Belfast for redemption and revenge and McGuigan says he is convinced his fighter will get the job done.

“I see a tough fight, the same fight as we had the last time. I don’t see anything different.

“Kiko has improved and Carl Frampton has improved.

“But Kiko has only improved a little bit - while Carl has made great improvements.

“I think Kiko will fight the way he has always fought and he is not going to get up on his toes and box.

“He will come out and throw loads of left and right hooks over the top, so Carl has to stay calm and stay cool as I know he will.

“For the first few rounds he will fight on the back foot and then start peppering him with heavy shots and put the fear of god into him.

“I expect a another stoppage at some stage of the fight,” he added.

And McGuigan says Frampton - who spent 14 weeks training in the build-up to the fight - has prepared himself for the threat of Martinez.

“Carl’s camp has gone fantastically well and we are now just ticking over before the fight.

“We did a 14 week camp and he has sparred nearly 250 rounds - but he likes to spar loads before a fight.

“His weight is great and with every camp it is easier making the weight.

“We have refined his diet and we have nailed it. He looks the biggest he has ever been, but he is in fantastic shape.

“He has become a serious specimen at Super-bantamweight,” he added.

Over 16,000 vocal fans will pack themselves into the purpose built outdoor arena on Saturday night and McGuigan says that both Frampton and Martinez will be in their element.

“Once you are in there all you hear are sounds and it does not make a difference.

“But Carl loves it in there.

“He thrives on that pressure and I don’t think it will affect Kiko as he has fought all over the world and he is used to people shouting at him.

“He fought in front of a huge crowd in Japan the last time and he knocked the guy out.

“He also did the same thing in Ireland a few years ago when he stopped Bernard Dunne in the first round.

“He likes to fight away from home and Carl likes to fight at home so it is a great combination.

“The crowd are in for a real treat.”

The trainer says Frampton has a thirst for knowledge and that ‘The Jackal’ has added another string to his bow.

“Carl has improved on the inside. He has got stronger and we always knew he could box.

“But now he is stronger on the inside but that has taken time and you are learning all the time how to operate on the inside.

“We had a real good Mexican over for sparring and he really taught Carl a few tricks of the trade when he was over sparring for two weeks.

“It was fantastic sparring and you could see Carl’s work on the inside improving and improving,

McGuigan has a small stable of fighters in Frampton, Conrad Cummings and Anthony Cacace and he admits having a World champion would be a major breakthrough for his gym in Battersea in London.

“It would be huge huge. I have been training him for past four years.

“He was trained before me by Gerry Storey Snr and his amateur coach Billy McKee.

“It has been a long road but in the time he has spent with me, he has improved so much.

“People do-not see the work we put in day in and day out and how much time and effort we put in.

“So for him to win a World title would be fantastic and when he does that the mega fights and the huge fights will be there

“This is Carl’s time and he will deliver,” he added.