Saturday 19 August 2017

Boxing: Frampton warning

Belfast's Carl Frampton is looking forward to facing some big-name fighters after securing the vacant Celtic super-bantamweight title by stopping Gavin Reid.

The 23-year-old dominated the first round at the Ulster Hall on Friday night and finished off his opponent 30 seconds before the end of round two to secure his eighth professional victory.

"This was my first title fight and although it's not a major belt it's a big deal for me," said Frampton. "Gavin is a tough guy and to stop him in two rounds makes a big statement."

Promoter Barry McGuigan hailed Frampton as "the best talent in the four nations".

"Carl is a destructive puncher and he fights intelligently, offensively and defensively," said McGuigan.

Frampton has won five of his eight fights inside the distance.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Ricky Burns retained his WBO super-featherweight title with a unanimous points decision over Andreas Evensen in Glasgow on Saturday night.

Burns (27) had Evensen on the canvas in the first round. Evensen recovered, but Burns connected more often with better quality punches and the judges voted 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109 in his favour.

Irish Independent

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