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Frampton Eyes The Bigger Prize

Carl Frampton showed once again last night why his mentor Barry McGuigan tipped him for success many...
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11:41 AM - 1 Mar 2015



Frampton Eyes The Bigger Prize

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Frampton Eyes The Bigger Prize

TodayFM
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11:41 AM - 1 Mar 2015



Carl Frampton showed once again last night why his mentor Barry McGuigan tipped him for success many years ago. The Belfast boxer successfully defended his IBF Super Bantamweight title against American Chris Avalos at the Odyssey Arena.

It was Frampton's first title defence and he finished the fight in style in the fifth round when he went on the attack against the mandatory challenger Avalos.

It was relentless from ' The Jackal ' and he sent out a message to the rest of the Super Bantamweight division by extending his professional record to 20-0.

What's next for him? WBA champion Scott Quigg was in the ring in Belfast after Frampton's fight so hopefully that will happen in the summer. I'd expect Frampton to come through that test and then he can turn his attention to Leo Santa Cruz and Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Irish boxing fans will be well aware of Rigondeaux from 2011 when he came to Dublin and stopped Willie Casey inside the first round.

I was lucky enough to be ringside that night and he had Casey in trouble once he landed a thundering body shot and since then Rigondeaux has extended his record to 15-0 although the Cuban has been knocked down.

So it's exciting times for Frampton and he's well on his way to the very top of his division.

 

Incidentally that night in CityWest in 2011 a certain Tyson Fury was ringside. He had just come from watching Ireland beat England at the Aviva Stadium in the Six Nations (that was the last time Ireland beat England) and Fury who's not shy, insisted that someday he'd fight a Klitschko for a world title in a football stadium.

Some people thought he was off his rocker but the message from the Fury camp that night was their man was ready to up his game and he's done that.

Last night's stoppage of Christian Hammer in London has moved the giant heavyweight closer to that world title shot against a Klitschko.

First Wladimir Klitschko must get past Bryant Jennings on April 25th when they meet at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Fury has now won 24 from 24 and is no longer a laughing stock although not sure him singing in the ring will help but I thought it was a decent rendition of ' Walking on Memphis '.

 

I also still needed my fix of UFC this weekend as well so I set the alarm to watch Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Gone are the days when I can stay up for these fight and I didn't want to burn myself out given all the sport on later from Liverpool and City to the big Six Nations clash of Ireland and England.

I got out of my bed to take a seat on the couch but I was back in bed a few minutes later because it only took Rousey 14 seconds to stop Cat Zingano in the main event at UFC184.

There wasn't one punch thrown in the fight and Rousey had Zingano tapping out from an arm bar in the blink of an eye.



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