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Frampton cranks up preparation for Reid duel

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton wants to keep making a major impact on the British super-bantamweight scene — and that’s why he will head to Glasgow on Monday for some high octane sparring.

Manager Barry McGuigan has hooked up Frampton with former British champion John Simpson and the ex-world champion believes it will be ideal preparation for the Belfast man’s Celtic title fight with Gavin Reid on December 3 at the Ulster Hall.

Simpson challenges Belfast’s British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay on December 15 at the King’s Hall and Frampton knows he will be in for a hard week.

McGuigan said: “It’s great that John has asked Carl to come and spar with him because he’s a really tough guy. Carl sparred with him before and it worked very well and I’m sure they’ll have some more great spars.

“It’s great for Carl to get this kind of experience ahead of the fight with Reid, he’s a tough opponent who has given most of the top super-bantams in Britain a tough time.

“He’s already looking in great shape and come fight night I believe he’s going to give another explosive performance.”

Frampton headlines the Ulster Hall against Reid, while Belfast flyweight prospect Jamie Conlan is in the main supporting fight against Levan Garibashvili of Georgia in a six rounder.

Conlan is seeking an Irish flyweight title clash with east-Belfast man Luke Wilton and both men are scheduled to be on the Lindsay-Simpson bill at the King’s Hall.

Conlan said: “I would love that fight, when and wherever they want it. I think it would be a very exciting fight for the fans, it would create a real buzz.”

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