Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Carl Frampton relishing clash with Orozco

European super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton knows the pressure will be turned up when he faces Argentinian Fabian Oscar Orozco at Wembley Arena on July 20 and he's ready for it.

European super-bantamweight champion Frampton will be putting his IBF inter-continental title on the line against Orozco, who has a record of 20 wins, two defeats and two draws and holds the IBF Latino super-bantam belt.

Before travelling to take on Frampton, the 27-year-old will make a defence of his Latino title next Friday night, which he should come through without any trouble.

Frampton, whose fights are now being shown on BoxNation, is ranked three by the IBF and closing in on a clash with champion Jonathan Romero, while Orozco is 12th in the rankings.

"I suppose I have more to lose in this fight and brings more pressure but I always fight better when I am under pressure, it brings out the best in me," said Frampton.

"This guy likes to come and have a fight so it's going to make for an exciting fight while it lasts. I'll be looking to stop him."

One man who seems to be off the radar for Frampton is WBA interim champion Scott Quigg who recently turned down a lucrative offer from London promoter Frank Warren.

Frampton said: "The highest purse that Quigg has had is around £35,000 and he was offered £200,000 t0 fight me. It's a no-brainer but he turned it down so clearly he just doesn't want the fight."

The Belfast man, currently preparing for his Wembley date at Shane McGuigan's gym in London, is hopeful that his next fight – probably in early October – could be for the world title.

Manager Barry McGuigan expects Orozco to provide him with a very good test ahead of his return to Belfast.

McGuigan said: "This guy fights a bit like Sergio Martinez. When his camp were offered the fight they took it immediately. He is coming with a winning mentality. It's about having exciting fights and that's what this will be."

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