McGuigan moulding Frampton into a star
Barry McGuigan believes his protege Carl Frampton is developing into one of the most exciting fighters in Britain and his latest step along the Sweet Science learning curve comes tonight in London.
Super-bantamweight Frampton, who has chalked up three eye-catching victories, meets Frenchman and fellow unbeaten fighter Yoan Boyeaux at the York Hall Bethnel Green.
But for McGuigan it is not so much what he does in these early contests but the preparation he has been enjoying with a range of British, Commonwealth and European champions.
Manager McGuigan said: “Leading up to this fight he has sparred the British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion Jason Booth and that has been great experience and he has also worked with Rendall Munroe.
“When I see how well he works and what he is learning from being in with guys like that, it's very exciting. He's gradually being formed into a very good professional fighter.
“This is another learning fight but at this stage the sparring is more important because this is all preparing him for bigger fights down the line.
“The way he is developing I am confident that by the end of the year he will be knocking on the door of a shot at the British title. I just need to make sure that he keeps busy and he continues to get used to the professional atmosphere and dealing with different types of opponents.
“I'm pleased that we have got this opponent because he's unbeaten so he's going to give Carl a good test.
“I am very confident he can become a real hero for the fans and I am very keen to see him boxing at home.
“He’s got everything you could want in a young fighter to turn him into a star. He’s an intelligent kid and he punches very, very hard. I don’t think there are too many in Britain who could live with him even now.”
Meanwhile, Belfast man Ciaran Healy will tomorrow night bid to win the vacant Irish super-middleweight title at the National Stadium, Dublin.
Healy has stepped up to face Anthony Fitzgerald at short notice on the Brian Peters bill which also features three other Irish title fights including the heavyweight clash between Coleman Barrett and Colin Kenna.
Tallaght's undefeated Patrick Hyland will make the first defence of his Irish fatherweight title against Mickey Coveney and Cavan's Andy Murray faces Oisin Fagan for the lightweight title in what is billed as the main event.
Murray, also the EU champion, is expected to come out on top but Fagan’s natural aggression should mean that he is tested in the early stages.
Belfast flyweight prospect Jamie Conlan is also on the show in a four rounder and manager John Breen believes he can move quickly towards a British title shot.
“Jamie’s been working very well in the gym and I expect another top performance on Saturday night,” said Breen.