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Carl Frampton ready for the world

By David Kelly

Barry McGuigan is ready to "move heaven and earth" to bring a world title shot for Carl Frampton to Belfast.

Frampton has been assured of a shot at WBC World super-bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in the summer if he can defeat another Mexican, Hugo Cazarez, in their WBC final eliminator on April 4 at the Odyssey Arena.

Frampton-Cazarez will be part one of a blockbuster weekend of sport as 24 hours later Ulster will be facing Saracens at Ravenhill in a Heineken Cup quarter-final.

Cyclone Promotions boss McGuigan is determined to bring Santa Cruz to Belfast, should Frampton triumph in April, and the favoured venue would seem to be the new Ravenhill where you could have double the 9,000 capacity of the Odyssey.

"We want as many of our fights here. We're in talks with Golden Boy Promotions who look after Santa Cruz and they are open to coming to Belfast. I'll move heaven and earth to get the fight here," said McGuigan.

"We're not saying it will definitely be here but it can happen. First of all, Carl has to win and although people say it's all about winning, it's not. It's about how you win, coming from the television perspective you have to win and win impressively and Carl knows that."

Frampton must first conquer two-time former world champion Cazarez, who is currently ranked a notch above unbeaten Frampton at number one in the WBC rankings. But he's more than ready.

"I know that I can be world champion and I know that I can beat Santa Cruz," he said.

"But if I don't beat Cazarez then the world title fight will not happen – so I have to do the business on April 4."

Win or bust in Carl Frampton's world 

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