Boxing: Carl Frampton has a taste for the big time
As Carl Frampton counts down to his big night at the Ulster Hall on September 18, the Belfast man is adamant that he could not be in better shape.
That is in no small part to his sparring with Commonwealth featherweight champion John Simpson.
Frampton, who faces tough guy Yuri Voronin in the main event of a six-fight Barry McGuigan promotion, relished the chance to taste the level he wants to race towards when working out with the Scot.
“John is one of the nicest guys in boxing but the sparring was so intense, he’s so fit and he punches right to the bell. We did around 30 rounds over four days and it was a brilliant experience,” said Frampton.
“I did eight rounds flat out in a roasting hot gym on one of the days, it was like a fight itself so I know I'm ready to do that in a real fight.
“I think Voronin is a different operator, he'll be trying to draw me in but I'll be ready for the eight rounds.”
McGuigan was keeping a close eye as ever on his young super-bantamweight prospect as he worked out with David Oliver Joyce in the Midland club in Tigers Bay yesterday.
The former World champion expects Voronin to give Frampton a good test, while the other fights on the bill also have the look of being very competitive. Flyweight Jamie Conlan faces Bulgarian Hyusein Hyuseinov, Lurgan’s Ryan Greene meets Matt Scriven and Stephen Haughian is up against Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell.