10 August 2010
Carl Frampton will face former three-time European title challenger Yuriy Voronin on September 18 in Belfasts famous Ulster Hall venue.
Frampton crossed swords with former amateur rival David-Oliver Joyce in Midland ABC on Tuesday, as the two enjoyed a sparring session reminiscent of the Irish Senior final they contested in 2009. Carl also revealed that he has no qualms about facing such an experienced campaigner in only his seventh professional bout.
Hes a good experienced customer with plenty of ringcraft and no theres no doubt this is a big step-up for me, stated Frampton.
Some people may look at it being only my seventh fight but I feel ready and even admit there is a wee bit of pressure on me to perform and the nerves will kick in as the fight night approaches.
I got fantastic support in the Kings Hall on the Paul McCloskey undercard and Im looking to prove that Im worthy of topping a bill in an historic venue like the Ulster Hall. The balcony hanging over the ring and the enclosed feeling means the atmosphere will be great and a bit intimidating for Voronin too, Carl added.
Voronin comes to Belfast with bags of international experience and 18 knockouts to his credit from 27 wins. The tough Ukrainian rocked Bernard Dunne before losing a close decision in 2005 and pushed future WBO champion Nicky Cook to the wire in 2006. During a successful 12-year career Yuri has ventured out of the Ukraine 20 times to ten different countries so is unlikely to be overly phased about fighting in Framptons home city.
Voronin is a dangerous fighter but I believe this is a risk worth taking, said promoter Barry McGuigan. Remember that he pushed Joe Murray extremely hard in Dagenham recently so still has plenty to offer and the last thing a fighter loses is his punch.
We want opponents to push Frampton hard as well, because I believe that we will see the best of him when put under pressure. Ive seen Carls massive potential many times in the gym while preparing for previous fights. He handles top fighters in sparring all the time.
Frampton vs Voronin tops an exciting bill which also features Prizefighter champion Willie Casey, Jamie Conlan, Stephen Haughian, Ryan Greene, Troy James and Chris Keane.
Tickets are now on sale priced 55, 45, 35 and 30 from the Box Office on 028 90334455. For more information log on to www.ulsterhall.co.uk.