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Frampton fired up to 'put on a show'

Barry McGuigan isn't the only one predicting great things for his protege, Carl Frampton, who defends his Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title against Kris Hughes (14-1) in London on January 28. But the Clones Cyclone is probably the most vocal and enthusiastic.

"I think Carl will be European champion by the end of 2012," stated Barry. "He's very talented.

"He can really fight. I get excited and people say, 'McGuigan's talking through his backside saying he's the best Irish prospect in the last 30 years.'

"But he's the best kid I've seen in the weight division in the last 30 years. We've got incremental improvements to make as he moves up but I believe he can beat any of the guys out there."

Unbeaten in 11 fights, 24-year-old Frampton knows public support can be fickle.

"People are quick to jump on the bandwagon when you don't perform at your best," he said. "These 'keyboard warriors', as they're called, like to put you down. But it's up to me to put on a show."

British champion Scott Quigg was at ringside monitoring Frampton's during his last bout. McGuigan concedes Frampton is likely to challenge the British champion in the new year. "There are exciting things ahead," he said. "But Kris comes first. He's experienced and he's a southpaw so this will be a different type of fight and challenge for Carl."