With just less than four weeks left until Dee Walsh and Terry Maughan clash for the vacant Irish light-middleweight title at the new Devenish Complex, another top prospect has been added to the card by MHD Promotions. Former Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and Prizefighter runner up Paddy Gallagher makes his ring return on the ‘Back To The Future’ undercard.
The questions at the post-fight press conference were firing back and forth, thick and fast, as journalists and Team Cyclone collectively came down from the world title-winning high that had finished just minutes earlier. On more than one occasion Barry McGuigan was quizzed on how far his young charge could go. The former world champion has always said that ‘The Jackal’ had the potential to surpass his own ring achievements and then some. This, he said, was the first step on that road. There were strong suggestions that Frampton could go down as the greatest Irish boxer of all time.
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.
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.
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.