It’s seems like we have been on a long journey with Carl Frampton.
Before he even traded leather as a pro, Irish boxing legend Barry McGuigan was telling anyone who would listen ‘The Jackal’ would be a World champion, by fight seven we were attending a first Frampton topped bill.
Then came Celtic title success before providing chief support to Paul McCloskey on SKY broadcast shows and major title success. There was a feeling something special was brewing by the time Kiko Martinez came to the Odyssey Arena to defend a European title Bernard Dunne once held and that picked up further pace when the Belfast fighter eventually claimed the World title in a purpose built stadium in his home town.
More boxes were ticked with a defence in American, before victory in a massive domestic victory over Scott Quigg on a pay per view card, that saw Frampton make Irish boxing history by unifying titles. It can’t get much bigger than that!
Well it’s about to go from big to massive according to Frampton’s mentor Barry McGuigan.
Frampton has just signed to fight Mexican three weight World champion Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA Featherweight title. It’s an increase in weight and profile for ‘The Jackal’ as he fights the known name live on Showtime and McGuigan believes this is the start of the big time for the popular Irish pug.
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In his column with the Daily Mirror McGuigan said:
“This is it — the start of the big time for Carl Frampton .
“The fight with Leo Santa Cruz was the one we wanted; in a sense, the bout he has been building towards since he turned professional over seven years ago.
“New York City. The Barclays Center — an 18,000 arena that is essentially the new Madison Square Garden in Brooklyn — on the last weekend in July.Brilliant.
McGuigan also reiterated his belief that the clash will be a fan friendly affair Frampton will win.
“I guarantee you this will be the fight we all wanted to see against Scott Quigg , but never developed.
“Santa Cruz is a terrific, all-action fighter — a volume puncher who never stops coming forward every minute of every round.
“And that plays right into Frampton’s hands.”