Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan ready for ‘This Is Belfast’ showdown

Carl Frampton with Conrad Cummings, Jamie Conlan, Stephen Ormond, Eamonn O'Kane and Marc McCullough
Carl Frampton with Conrad Cummings, Jamie Conlan, Stephen Ormond, Eamonn O'Kane and Marc McCullough
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Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan could not hide their delight on Tuesday as they finalised their undercard for the Odyssey bill on April 4.

Frampton will face Hugo Cazares in a Final Eliminator for the WBC World title at the Belfast venue and it was revealed yesterday that Eamonn O’Kane, Marc McCullough, Jamie Conlan and Stephen Ormond will all have title shots on the night.

On a huge bill of boxing in front of a packed Odyssey Frampton and the rest will look to lay down their marker.

Frampton’s opponent is a two time World Champion - who has been there and bought the t-shirt - but Frampton believes the teak tough Mexican will get his eyes opened on April 4.

“He has boxed away from home before in front of large crowds but he will never heard or witnessed anything like Belfast.

“As is says on the billboards for the fight - ‘This Is Belfast’ - and Cazares will know he is in Belfast. Of that I have no doubt.”

And Frampton says everyone at Cyclone Promotions is delighted with the bill they have put together.

“Four of the fights are title fights and we have a few prospects coming through, so it is the biggest bill in Belfast for a very long time. I am very proud to be topping the bill in my home town.

“I can’t wait and I think we will have to find somewhere a bit bigger the next time.

“It’s great that it was sold-out so far in advance and some of the undercard fights were only announced today.

“It is great for Belfast and great for the local boxers on the bill.

“The atmosphere cannot be beaten in the UK - even Europe. There is no atmosphere like a Belfast show. The place will be bouncing.”

And ‘The Jackal’ says Cazares may be taken aback when he enters ‘The Jackal’sLair.’

“He might be surprised. I read that he had watched my fights against Raul Hirales and Kiko Martinez when I fought on the backfoot - but I can win going forward or going backwards.

“It does not really matter as I can do both.It is the toughest fight of my career - I don’t doubt that. He is a great fighter - very smart - but I know I can beat him.”

And Cyclone CEO McGuigan is also delighted with the line-up.

“It’s a superb show. Some great fights and scraps. it’s wall to wall with exciting contests.

“There are four titles on the bill and we are giving local fighters the chance to get their hands on a title.

“And Carl’s is a final eliminator for a world title so it is exciting stuff.

“It’s looking great - the place is sold out - it’s amazing - The place is stuffed to capacity and that is very, very exciting and we are going to come here Friday week.

“Cazares arrives Thursday week and he is very, very confident that he will win the fight.

“We want him to come here and try and rip Frampton apart - because we want exciting fights. We want the public to see action from the first bell to the last.”

And McGuigan is sure Frampton will deliver on the night.

“He is an amazing talent. Carl is 27-years of age and he is getting better all the time.

“America and Leo Santa Cruz beckons but we cannot take our eyes off Cazares. We are fully focused on April 4.

“The problem is we need a bigger arena and we need good weather if we are to go outside. That could be our biggest problem. Carl has the pulling power to bring in huge crowds and we just do-not have a stadium big enough,” he added.