Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Carl Frampton boxer is the next superstar - Barry McGuigan

Special talent: Carl Frampton
Special talent: Carl Frampton

Buzzing after the weekend's victory, former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan has said his protege Carl Frampton will become a superstar.

Speaking after 26-year-old Frampton's defeat of France's Jeremy Parodi in front of an ecstatic home crowd in the Odyssey Arena, his manager McGuigan described the atmosphere as "incredible".

"This kid is such a special talent, I know he's going to become a superstar. And I'm talking about the level of the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward. He's a more exciting fighter than them because he goes and gets his opponents.

"There are not many fighters in the world who can draw the kind of support Carl does," he said.

McGuigan has said he wants to take Frampton to America. "The Americans would love to see him and I can see him fighting at Madison Square Garden and I want to take him to Las Vegas because I believe he will be a huge box-office fighter," he said.

As Frampton is on the verge of a world title, both McGuigan and he have expressed their desire to hold the world title fight here in Belfast.

McGuigan will aim to put in place an opportunity for Frampton at the IBF super-bantamweight championship. Frampton's team will travel to Spain to watch Kiko Martinez defend his world title against challenger Jeffrey Mathebula on December 21.

McGuigan said: "We will be there at ringside in Spain ready to make the champion a substantial offer to come and defend the world title in Belfast.

"If Mathebula wins then I think we have a better chance of getting the world title next. Kiko is saying he wants to come back to Belfast and set the record straight and destroy him and knock him out and end his career. Talk is cheap."

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