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Road to the world title: Frampton in pictures 2010

In the lead-up to Carl Frampton’s huge headliner this Saturday night Irish Boxing Review have been digging through our photo archives to find some choice snaps of the Belfast world title challenger.

The first photograph is of Carl with Bobby Lavery and Cormac Campbell collecting his Boxer of the Year award.

The second set of photos is back in Midland ABC as Carl sharpens his tools on the pads with Barry McGuigan.

The third set are from the Europa Hotel as Carl joins the likes of Stephen Haughian and Jamie Conlan on the undercard of Paul McCloskey’s European title defence against Italy’s Guiseppe Lauri.

The fourth set are from the Ulster Hall where promoter Barry McGuigan was busy announcing a six-fight deal with Setanta Sports in the Ulster Hall. Frampton only fought there twice as it happened, beating Yuri Voronin and Gavin Reid. Limerick’s Willie Casey was being lined up as a future opponent but to date the fight never materialised. Casey, his trainer Phil Sutcliffe Senior are in the photos along with Gerry Storey and Fergus Lavery a businessman who was heavily involved with ‘Team Jackal’ at the time.

The fifth and final set are back in Midland boxing club, Tigers Bay when Carl renewed acquaintances with former amateur rival David Oliver Joyce, this time as part of a high-quality sparring session.

Road to the world title: Frampton in pictures 2009

In the lead-up to Carl Frampton’s huge headliner this Saturday night Irish Boxing Review have been digging through our photo archives to find some choice snaps of the Belfast world title challenger. We are privileged to have received superb gym access to Carl, even before he turned professional, and here is a celebration of his progression.

In the first set of photographs Carl was just back from the Ahmet Comert Cup in Turkey and is pictured proudly wearing the gold medal around his neck.  Frampton defeated Turkey’s Cetin Ozdemir in the featherweight final. We travelled round to Midland ABC in Tigers Bay to meet with Carl and his coach Billy McKee in May 2009 as part of an article for Irish Fighter magazine.

The second set of photos came in October 2009 at the Holy Family gym with Gerry Storey taking ‘The Jackal’ on the pads. That article ended up in Boxing News magazine as part of their ‘Hot Prospect’s series.

Chris Avalos: ‘I will beat the winner of Kiko Martinez-Carl Frampton’

Avalos tells Steve Wellings he is next in line for a shot at the IBF title that will be contested by Martinez and Frampton.

WHEN Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez clash for the Spaniard’s portion of world honours next week there will be one interested spectator across the pond tuning in to see who prevails in the big Belfast blockbuster. California’s Chris Avalos, a 24-year-old with a 24-2 (18) record, sits as IBF super-bantamweight No.1 and will be patiently waiting in line for the winner.

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Macklin prepares for Dublin show and tips Frampton for world glory

macklin (1)Former European middleweight champion and world title challenger Matthew Macklin has endorsed Carl Frampton’s campaign to win the IBF super-bantamweight belt in September. Macklin is spearheading Matchroom’s plans to bring big time boxing to Dublin on August 30 and has half an eye on a money-spinning showdown with Irish rival Andy Lee later this year. Speaking at the Holiday Inn last month the 32-year-old revealed that he fancies Carl Frampton’s chances of landing a global strap at the Titanic Quarter.

‘Beast’ Cummings ready to reap the benefits of top-class sparring


Photograph: Cyclone Promotions

Coalisland bruiser Conrad Cummings is looking forward to showcasing the skills he has been busy developing during his London training camps on this evening’s ‘Waterfront Brawl’ show.  Trainer Shane McGuigan is working hard on tweaking the talented middleweight into more of a thinking fighter than an all-out wrecking ball.

McGuigan plotting big nights in Belfast for his undercard starlets

©Russell Pritchard/Cyclone Promotions

The huge April 4 Odyssey show is sold out and a thrilled Barry McGuigan is expecting plenty of quality bouts to keep an enthusiastic Belfast crowd entertained. The various governing bodies have been contacted and title fights approved. Jamie Conlan will face Benjamin Smoes for the WBO European super-flyweight belt while Eamonn O’Kane will hope to curry favour with the WBC as he tackles Mexico’s Alvaro Gaona for the organisation’s vacant International Silver middleweight title. Four bouts on the night will have belts on the line and if all goes to plan there could be some smaller hall shows planned later in the year for the new breed to flex their muscles on.

Cummings hitting new heights with Frampton training camps

Photograph: ©Russell Pritchard / Cyclone Promotions

Conrad Cummings is busy preparing for his appearance on the mammoth ‘This is Belfast’ card and the Tyrone puncher admits that working in Carl Frampton’s London training camp is helping to lift his game to a whole new level. Conrad enjoyed a debut victory over Andrejs Loginovs in the York Hall recently and that will hopefully help to quell any pre-fight nerves when he steps in to the Odyssey cauldron on April 4.

Breen backs McCullough to reach world level but tough Isaeu comes first

Photograph ©Russell Pritchard / Cyclone Promotions

Belfast trainer John Breen has high hopes for the two leading lights of his gym – Marc McCullough and Jamie Conlan. John reckons that with the right exposure and consistent ring activity the talented pair could aspire to world level. For Breen’s prophecies to come true both men must negotiate past their respective opponents on the April 4 undercard of Frampton-Cazares. McCullough, for one, is expecting to have his hands full with rugged Belarusian Andrei Isaeu in a featherweight 10-rounder for the WBO European strap.

Shane McGuigan: ‘Frampton-Santa Cruz can happen in Belfast’

If Carl Frampton removes the threat of world title eliminator rival Hugo Cazares then a shot at WBC holder Leo Santa Cruz could be on the table for the summer. Even though talk of a stadium fight in Belfast may seem the stuff of dreams, Shane McGuigan believe that it is not so far fetched.  Shane can envisage Golden Boy Promotions, Showtime TV and their prize asset Santa Cruz travelling across the water to accommodate Frampton in a blockbuster event.