Boxing: Frampton has perfect stage to display class
So, the moment has arrived for Carl Frampton to show he truly is a fighter that everyone in Northern Ireland can excited about.
It may only be his seventh fight and Yuri Voronin may have seen better days but the Ukrainian has enough left in the tank to reveal much about Frampton’s potential.
Manager Barry McGuigan deserves credit for pitching his unbeaten 23-year-old into a top of the bill Ulster Hall clash with such a seasoned campaigner as Voronin — a three-time European title challenger.
Five years ago he rocked Bernard Dunne to his bootstraps in the tenth round of their non-title clash and almost caused an upset.
He may have initially weighed a few ounces over the limit at yesterday’s weigh-in but Voronin is here to abort the Belfast man’s career before it can take off.
“I know there will be people wondering why am I topping the bill in my seventh fight but I believe I can show them why against Voronin,” says super-bantam Frampton.
“It’s a great fight for me and it’s an honour to be topping the bill at the Ulster Hall.”
After some spirited action in the early stages, I am expecting Frampton to deliver a rare stoppage in Voronin’s career.
In addition to Frampton-Voronin, when you look at tonight’s six-fight card it is a throwback to McGuigan’s own rise at the Ulster Hall and even further back when good matchmaking was usually on show.
The sparks should fly when Lurgan duo Stephen Haughiand Ryan Greene clash with Dee Mitchell and Matt Scriven, respectively, while flyweight Jamie Conlan can shine against Hyusein Hyuseinov.
Doors open at 6.15, first bell 6.45pm.