CARL Frampton will party just like its 1999 in the Odyssey Arena on Friday night.
Coach Shane McGuigan claims his charge will become the first fighter to stop tough two weight World champion Hugo Cazares since he last had a fight cut short late last century.
The up and coming coach, whose predictions have been regularly accurate throughout Frampton’s career, is confident ‘The Jackal’ will emulate Gerson Guerrero by ensuring the Mexican doesn’t see the final bell.
Guerrero, who retired in 2011, took five rounds to dispose of the fighter hoping to secure a shot at WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz at Frampton’s expense, but McGuigan believes it will take the Belfast fighter 8 stanzas to pin down the experienced campaigner.
“One hundred percent. There is no doubt in my head that Carl will come away with a win. Maybe not a stoppage win, but he will win the fight,” McGuigan told the Belfast Newsletter.
“I believe Carl will stop him around the eight round mark but we are prepared for 12 tough rounds. We have done loads of sparring with numerous sparring partners, who all fight like Cazares.
“There is talk from his camp that we are looking past Cazares and thinking about the Santa Cruz fight but we are taking Cazares very seriously and we are totally focused on him. If he stops Hugo Cazares it will be a huge statement because Cazares has not been stopped since 1999 and Carl has the power and the shot selection to do it – but we just want the win.”
McGuigan’s confidence is born out of what he see’s in the gym everyday and not out of a disrespect for Cazares. The trainer believes he has a special talent with the capabilities of beating the worlds best and he is adamant Cazares hasn’t and won’t be over looked.
“He is a serious guy and we knew he was going to come here looking to win. Jeremy Parodi came over and was shocked by the turn-out of the press etc but this guy is a two time World champion, so he will be used to all of this.
“He is very confident and he still thinks he has another World title left in the tank and he wants to make a statement by beating Carl in Belfast. He switch hits now but he did not do that at the start os his career. He is very clever, is slippery, likes to fight at a slow pace and he has a good defence which makes him hard to hit.
“I thought he would be a bit smaller than Carl – but he is about the same height, so he must have been a huge light flyweight.”