Even though he crumbled in the second round after eating a big Carl Frampton left hook, Hugo Cazares says that he has been hit harder in his career. The well-travelled Mexican has negotiated many rounds during his long stint as a pro boxer and reckons that he is in a good position to judge Frampton’s punching power.

“In 2006 in Puerto Rico Nelson Dieppa hit me hard but the next round I knocked him out,” explained Hugo. “In 2005 in Phoenix I fought a guy from Thailand [Kaichon Sor Vorapin] who knocked me down worse than this and I got up and beat him. Francisco Garcia, a guy from Culiacan, Mexico, hit me the hardest in my career. He was National Champion. I would love to fight Frampton again.”

Hugo’s trainer Eduardo Montiel (brother of former world champion Fernando) was also scathing of the referee’s decision to their evening early. Eduardo reckons that Victor Loughlin should’ve looked into his fighter’s eyes, seen that he was well and given him the benefit of the doubt.

“We were worried when he went down but we also know that he has come out of problems like that before,” said Montiel. “It was about surviving that round and using his experience in order to win.”

The team were asked what they thought of Frampton as a fighter and whether he can reach his world title potential. Eduardo said that it was very soon in the fight and Hugo was feeling his way around the ring so you cannot measure the situation after just two rounds.
“After that it was our intention to go all the way because we saw that Carl Frampton was faster. We are frustrated by the ending and it has been hard for us to swallow,” added Montiel.

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