Early Carl Frampton opponent secures World Title fight

One of Carl Frampton‘s early pro opponents has been handed a world title fight for next month.

‘The Jackal’ returns against Horacio Garcia this weekend in his twenty-fifth professional contest, topping the ‘Frampton Reborn’ card at the SSE Odyssey Arena. The BT Sport-broadcast card also features Jamie Conlan, who challenges IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas.

This week, Frampton’s fourth ever opponent, Yoann Boyeaux, had a super flyweight world title fight confirmed, and the Frenchman will challenge WBO champion Naoya Inoue in Japan on Saturday December 30th.

Frampton took on Boyeaux at the York Hall in London on the untelevised portion of a Matchroom Boxing undercard in February 2010.

Boyeaux was 2-0 at the time, and provided Frampton with a capable foe, but lost 40-37 on the cards.

Now 29, the Gaul has amassed a 41(26)-4(0) record and has dropped down to super flyweight, fighting all over the world including Argentina, Brazil, Morocco, Hungary, and Croatia.

For the most part, the quality of his opposition has been rather low, although he did claim a points win over Karim Guerfi in 2013 to claim the French bantamweight title. However, the belt was stripped from Boyeaux and the fight ruled a no-contest following a failed drugs test.

The fight with ‘Monster’ Inoue will take place at the Bunka Gym in Yokohama. The 24 year old is seen as one of the most fearsome fighters at the weight having recently announced himself to the U.S. market on the inaugural ‘Super Fly’ card in California with a sixth round stoppage of Antonio Nieves – and will be a massive favourite here.


Joe O'Neill

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