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Carl Frampton tips talented Josh Taylorfor global domination before year is out

By David Kelly

World champion Carl Frampton is backing his gym-mate Josh Taylor to make a big impact when he returns to the ring in the early hours of Sunday morning at the MGM Grand.

Taylor, like Frampton managed by Barry McGuigan, picked up the Commonwealth super-lightweight title in only his seventh fight before Christmas and now faces Mexican Alfonso Alvera on the undercard to the Jackal's re-match with Leo Santa Cruz.

Dubbed the Tartan Tornado, Taylor is making rapid progress and Frampton believes he could be knocking on the door of a World title shot this year.

"Over here in Vegas Josh was able to get some sparring with former world champion Shawn Porter and it was great to watch. Shawn's a weight class above him and last summer was in one of the fights of the year with World champion Keith Thurman and was the guy that Kell Brook defeated to win his world welterweight title," said Frampton.

"Josh is already one of the top super-lightweights in the world and I would think by the end of the year he will be highly ranked in the world ratings.

"He's got a great opportunity now to show the Americans what he can do and also his fight is being shown on Sky Sports back home."

Edinburgh man Taylor, a firm favourite now with the Jackal Army, is eagerly looking forward to his Las Vegas debut.

"This is the first time I've been in Las Vegas and I'm definitely a little starstruck by the strip… I'm really having a great time though and it's a good experience," said Taylor.

"This is a great set-up we have here at the gym and I'm getting a lot of good work here. I've been sparring with former world champion Shawn Porter and Cuba's Yordenis Ugas. I couldn't ask for better work."

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