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McGuigan: Frampton deserves a title shot

Carl Frampton will look to stay on track for a shot at either the British or Commonwealth title tomorrow night when he returns to the ring in Huddersfield.

Frampton is hoping to be showcased on Sky's coverage of the British super-featherweight title clash between Gary Sykes and Carl Johannson and manager Barry McGuigan is expecting him to make a big impression.

The British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight belts are currently held by Jason Booth but he is stepping up to box Spaniard Kiko Martinez for the European title and that may lead to one or both of his other titles becoming vacant at some stage.

Former World champion McGuigan has no doubt that Celtic champion Frampton, who faces Venezuelan Oscar Chacin, has the tools to step up and shoot for a major title.

“I would hope this is the last fight before Carl challenges for the British or Commonwealth super-bantamweight title,” said McGuigan.

“He's ready to go right now. He can do 12 rounds flat out, he's just turned 24 and he's coming to the point when it is the right time for him to fight for a major title.

“It's also a very good time for Sky to have a look at Carl, it gives a lot more people the chance to see him and to get excited about him and I'm sure they will because he's a special talent.

“This guy he's fighting on Saturday night is a tough kid so it's a good test for Carl. Carl's in great shape, he's been having some great sparring with John Simpson so I expect another good performance.

“If we can get Carl his chance at one of the major titles then the intention would be to bring it to Belfast. I've been working with Barry Hearn, who's a personal friend, over the past 18 months and I know that he is keen to bring big fights to Belfast.”

Belfast man Frampton concurs with his manager's view. “I know I'm ready to fight for the British or Commonwealth title. I don't care who I'm matched with I'm very confident of beating anybody,” said Frampton.

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