Boxing: McGuigan screens Frampton’s suitors
Carl Frampton made British boxing’s paymasters Sky television sit up and take notice of his potent skills on Saturday night.
Belfast man Frampton easily overwhelmed Venezuelan Oscar Chacin, stopping him at 2:20 of the fourth round at the Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
Only last month Chacin had been the six rounds distance with Kiko Martinez, who is set to fight British champion Jason Booth for the vacant European super-bantamweight title.
Barry McGuigan, who manages Frampton, revealed: “I was offered a fight with Martinez for the |European title, but it would have meant giving options away for Carl’s next fights and I wasn’t |prepared to do that.
“Carl’s chance will come, it’s only matter of time. It was great on Saturday night for the Sky guys to get a look at him and they are very excited about his potential.
“If I was offered Martinez, Jason Booth, or the Commonwealth champion Jamie Arthur I would take them right now because Carl is the best super-bantamweight in Britain. I just want the British Boxing Board of Control to now see him as a legitimate contender,” added McGuigan.
“We spoke through an interpreter to the opponent after the fight and he said that Kiko was a harder puncher but that Carl hit very hard, was very fast and more versatile than Kiko.”
Celtic champion Frampton was pleased with his night’s work and is eagerly looking forward to an expected return next month.
“I felt great in there,” said Frampton. “I was giving away good bit of weight because he was six pounds over at the weigh-in, but it didn’t matter because I was pretty much in control from the start.
“He boxed Kiko Martinez three weeks ago and Kiko couldn’t get him out of there but I did and by the end I was hitting him at will when the referee stopped it.
“I’ll take a few days off and then get back into training. Hopefully, I’ll be out again next month.”
On the same bill, Ballymena light-middleweight Joe Rea put up a good show before being stopped in the fourth round by unbeaten Grzegorz Proksa of Poland.
Meanwhile, Matthew Hatton was soundly out-pointed by WBC light-middleweight champion Saul Alvarez at the Honda Center, Anaheim, California. All three judges had it 119-108 for the Mexican.
In other news, David Haye's dream of retiring as the undisputed heavyweight champion this year is alive and well after he finally signed to fight Wladimir Klitschko this summer.
After years of negotiations, the Londoner has agreed to meet the Ukrainian in a unification blockbuster in Germany with his WBA title and Klitschko's IBF and WBO belts on the line.