Carl Frampton backs Belfast youngster “to go far” in the pro game

Lewis Crocker’s impressive debut win reaffirmed what Carl Frampton already thought about the big-punching prospect.

More than once Frampton, who has won World titles at two weights, has heralded fellow Belfast man Crocker as one to watch, and reiterated the claim in the aftermath of the Ray Ginley-trained puncher’s pro debut.

20 year old Crocker [1(1)-0], who spent time in McGuigan’s Gym alongside Frampton before turning pro under MTK and Queensberry Promotions, impressed at the Waterfront Hall earlier this month, stopping Hungarian Ferenc Janko within a round on the untelevised portion of the Belfast Boys Are Back card.

The Donegall Road former European Schoolboys bronze medalist had his man down twice in a 66 second debut outing, giving pro fans the first glimpse of his massive power, which co-trainer Dee Walsh claims is akin to a super heavyweight’s.

The victory, and the brutal manner in which it came, prompted Frampton to lavish further praise on the exciting welterweight starlet.

“He is a great finisher and he has a lot of talent,” Frampton said.

“He walked through his opponent at the Waterfront with his power. He has always had that ability through the amateur ranks and he has the potential to go far as a professional.”

“I think Lewis is one for the future and it will be exciting seeing how he develops.”

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Joe O'Neill

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