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Barry McGuigan tips Carl Frampton for European title

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton will be ready within a year to win the European title, according to manager Barry McGuigan.

McGuigan was naturally an interested observer of Kiko Martinez’s European super-bantamweight title victory last Saturday night, as well as Jason Booth’s failed attempt to win the IBF World title, losing on points to Steve Molitor.

Limerick’s Willie Casey is next up for Martinez, while Dubliner is ranked four in Europe. McGuigan is adamant that Frampton is not far away from facing either of them.

Tomorrow night exciting prospect Frampton has the first test of his young career when he meets former European title challenger Yuri Voronin at the Ulster Hall and McGuigan believes a victory will propel him into British title contention.

“Carl is head and shoulders above Paulie Hyland and Willie Casey, he’s the best Irish super-bantamweight prospect around,” said former World champion McGuigan.

“And I would say, after watching him recently in the gym, he will be ready to face Martinez in eight months time, he’s that good.

“I think the Belfast public are in for a real treat because Voronin is coming to fight, he believes that Carl is too inexperienced to be fighting him at this stage.

“Voronin will be tough, that’s what we wanted but that should bring out the best in Carl. He’s the new star of Irish boxing and someone the public can really get behind.”

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