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Carl Frampton gives Kristina O’Hara McCafferty verdict

Carl Frampton was ‘really impressed’ with Kristina O’Hara McCafferty’s recent victory and believes she can win more fans than just him if she continues to fight on BBC.

The Belfast minimum weight registered career win number 3 when she beat the experienced and well travelled Judit Hachbold live on BBC IPlayer in Rotherham earlier this month.

It was the St John Bosco graduates’ third impressive display since turning over and a performance that caught the eye of ‘The Jackal’.

The former two-weight world champion has noticed a degree of hype building around the Commonwealth Games medal winner – and suggests she may just live up to it.

“Kristina O’Hara-McCafferty really impressed against a former European title challenger Judit Hachbold in what was just her third fight as a pro,” Frampton said in his popular Sunday Life column.

“Kristina won a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and has adapted well to the pro game, earning plenty of admirers already for her performances, and appears to be a good prospect.”

Frampton also points out making the transition from prospect to a contender should be made easier by O’Hara’s BBC link.

“The wider public may not know a lot about her just yet, but the added exposure from earning good reviews from high-profile pundits and fighting on the BBC last week will help her progress.”

As a talented fighter operating down the scales, O’Hara-McCafferty may just get the chance to fight for titles early in her career.

World title hints have been dropped by her promoters Unified Promotions, but the fighter herself wouldn’t be drawn on the specifics.

“Whatever the team has in line for me, that’s what I’ll be doing. Whether that’s before or after Christmas, I’ll be ready,” she said after her win.

“I feel like I’m making statements every time I’m in the ring and proving myself, so if the team decides I’m ready for a world title then we will start going for them,” she added before revealing she is open to options across a few weights.

“My natural weight is minimumweight, but there are people out there who are a bit heavier and I’m willing to move up the weights or down, so we’ll see what’s being offered and what the team decides.”


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