By Jonny Stapleton
Having experiencing the skill and power of Carl Frampton first hand Kris Hughes has been impressed enough to predict a career at world level for the Belfast fighter.
Barry McGuigan’s protégé stopped the Scot in the seventh round of a one sided Commonwealth title fight with a sensational over hand right last month- and since recovering from the show reel knock out and welcoming a return to his senses Hughes has backed Frampton to impress at the top.
The super bantamweight Commonwealth champion stole a march on domestic rival Scott Quigg by stopping a fighter that went the distance with Jamie Arthur.
Arthur never threatened to stop Hughes in their close Commonwealth clash yet had Quigg flirting with the canvas in their recent British Title fight, which suggests, albeit in a round about way that ’The Belfast Boy’ would be too heavy handed for his nemesis.
The rangy and awkward Hughes, who lost to Paddy Barnes in an amateur Multi Nations clash, certainly see’s a career past the domestic stage for the rising Belfast star.
“I remembered Carl from when we were amateurs and he was a decent fighter then, but he has probably improved far more than I have since that time. It’s certainly not out of the question that he could be competing for the top titles.”
Hughes admits Frampton was a deserved winner but claims he couldn’t produce his best form due to struggles in making the weight.
“I’m disappointed to have lost to Frampton, but after facing a real struggle to make the weight I had nothing left by the time I got in the ring