Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Boxer Frampton raring to go

Boxer Carl Frampton

Barry McGuigan wants Carl Frampton to make another big impression when he returns to the ring tonight in Middlesbrough.

Frampton is back at the Eston Sports Academy which was flooded due to heavy rain when the Belfast prospect was to have had his second fight in July.

Frampton, who made a stunning debut when he stopped Hungarian Sandor Szinavel in June, faces Frenchman Yannis Lakrout in another four rounder.

The Belfast man has already caused some ripples among the boxing fraternity and recently enjoyed some good sparring with Commonwealth featherweight champion John Simpson, who tops the bill this evening against Paul Truscott.

Manager McGuigan said: “Carl has continued to improve and it was just a pity that he didn't have another fight before the summer ended but nobody could have predicted the flooding. He's been practicing his swimming as well as his boxing!

“Carl looked sensational in his debut and I hope he goes out and does another great job. These early fights are learning fights but you can't coast them. You can never take anything for granted in boxing and it's very important to always make an impact.

“These are tough, lean times and it's even more important to catch the eye of television so let's hope he makes a big impact.”

Frampton added: “I was gutted when the fight was cancelled last time so it's good to be getting out again.

“I loved the sparring with John Simpson, he's a good guy and I'll hopefully be working with him in the future.”