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Garcia says he will shock Frampton having learned from Santa Cruz fights


By David Kelly

Horacio Garcia says his Mexican spirit will drive him to victory over Carl Frampton tomorrow night.

Garcia will be backed at ringside by Mexican middleweight star Canelo Alvarez, who is under the same Golden Boy Promotions banner.

The 27-year-old has been the distance with unbeaten World title contender JoJo Diaz but believes a win over Frampton would transform his career.

"Mexican fighters have become heroes when they have been the underdogs and I want to be one of them," said Garcia.

"I've had a great camp, we have brought in the trainers who work with Canelo. They have built me up, got me in great shape and they know what I can do. To beat a great fighter like Frampton that is the great motivation and I know that I can do it.

"A win over Frampton will open the doors to big purses and big fights and to be recognised as one of the best fighters at featherweights in the world because Frampton is a big name."

A naturally aggressive fighter, Garcia denies that tactic will be enough to defeat the Northern Ireland hero. "It's not aggression that will win the fight but my desire and the plan we have," he added. "I have learned a lot from the two Leo Santa Cruz fights with Frampton."

Also on the exciting bill is WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete who is determined to have a duel with Belfast's IBF/WBA champion Ryan Burnett.

"I want the unification fight with Burnett. The titles should be unified," said Tete, who defends his belt against fellow South African Siboniso Gonya.

"I think I will stop Gonya in four rounds," he declared.

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