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Carl Frampton up for shot at Celtic title

Carl Frampton’s career will continue at full throttle when he clashes with Gavin Reid for the Celtic super-bantamweight title at the Ulster Hall on December 3.

Manager and promoter Barry McGuigan was at the iconic venue yesterday to make the announcement which in effect leaves Belfast man Frampton one win away from possibly challenging for the British title.

Reid’s indifferent record does not do justice to the test he should be for hot prospect Frampton.

The Aberdeen-born, Middlesbrough-based star is one of those fighting men who have to take their chance when it comes along and usually that means at short notice.

That was the case when he lost in the ninth round to highly rated Scott Quigg in a British title eliminator in July.

So, McGuigan and the Ulster Hall fans will be keen to see how Frampton handles Reid in comparison to Quigg, the WBA international super-bantamweight champion.

McGuigan said: “I believe this guy will be a tougher test than Yuri Voronin was last month. He’s a fresher guy and he’s very, very tough.

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“He has mixed it with Quigg and he fought up at featherweight against Stephen Smith who’s now the Commonwealth champion.

“He’s now down at super-bantam and, probably for the first time in his career, he has the time to prepare for a big fight. It’s a big chance for him as much as it is a big opportunity for Carl.

“Carl had an eight rounder last time and now he’s up to ten rounds. We’re not hanging around with this guy because I believe he can go right to the top.”

Such has been Frampton’s progress since turning professional last year that coach Gerry Storey believes “he is further on than Barry was at the same stage of his career”.

Frampton is relishing his return to the Ulster Hall, having enjoyed such an explosive victory over Voronin.

“You’ve no idea the atmosphere you’re going to face,” said Frampton as he turned to face Reid.

“The Ulster Hall is just an incredible place to box in. I remember when I was going aong to the Ulster senior finals and I would always get a seat in the balcony — it’s the best seat in the house.

“I love fighting there and to have this opportunity in the Ulster Hall is fantastic. I’m delighted that my career is moving on very quickly, it’s what I want and I think fans will enjoy the fact that I’m in real fights.”

The supporting bill will once again feature rising flyweight prospect Jamie Conlan as well as Lurgan pair Stephen Haughian and Ryan Greene.

Tickets: £55, £45, £35 and £30.

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