Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Frampton gets crack at the title after all

Carl Frampton will bid to claim the vacant Commonwealth super-bantamweight title at the Odyssey Arena this Saturday night.

The hard hitting Belfast man was left gutted when European champion Kiko Martinez withdrew from their mouth watering battle but promoter Eddie Hearn has delivered another title shot for Barry McGuigan's exciting prospect.

Frampton, who is expected to have huge support at the Odyssey, will clash with Australian Mark Quon on the supporting bill to Paul McCloskey's exciting light-welterweight clash with Breidis Presscot.

Frampton manager McGuigan believes Quon, who last December had a draw in an Australian super-bantamweight title fight, will be a very good test for his protege.

McGuigan said: “Obviously we were disappointed that Kiko had to pull out and Carl was a bit low. It's hard to go through tough training sessions when something like that happens but now Carl has another great opportunity.

“Over the past seven weeks he has worked incredibly hard, he has sparred 146 rounds with top guys like Gary Buckland who is fighting for the British super-featherweight title and Gavin Rees the European lightweight champion so he's in the best shape of his life and he's ready to go.

“We are very grateful to Jason Booth for vacating the Commonwealth title and all being well Carl wins then we have no problem giving Jason the first shot at winning the belt back.

“The good thing about Carl is that he is so level headed and he has managed to keep himself focused while Matchroom sorted this situation out.

“Now it's up to Carl to go and do the business.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “This is a huge night for Irish boxing fans and there was no way we were going to let them or Carl down. Quon is a tough opponent who shares the same dream as Carl, and he will be trying to take this opportunity with both hands.”

The show also features Commonwealth Games gold medallist Eamonn O'Kane against Ballymena's Joe Rea as well as east Belfast flyweight Luke Wilton.

The Irish squad for the World Championships in Azerbaijan later this month has been ratified as: 49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family); 52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco); 56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan); 60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy); 64Kg: Ray Moylette (St Anne's); 69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy); 75Kg: Darren O'Neill (Paulstown); 81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate); 91Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown); 91Kg+ Con Sheehan (Clonmel).

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