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Carl Frampton celebrates after beating France's Jeremy Parodi during their IBF Super Bantamweight bout at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Carl Frampton celebrates after beating France's Jeremy Parodi during their IBF Super Bantamweight bout at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

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Carl Frampton celebrates after beating France's Jeremy Parodi during their IBF Super Bantamweight bout at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Carl Frampton vs Hugo Cázares on April 4 is a big fight. And one the Belfast boxer must win to progress.

But promoter Barry McGuigan believes Frampton (17-0, 12 KO) is ready to step up and claim the belt of Léo Santa Cruz.

"The WBC belt is the one everybody wants," he says. "Santa Cruz is very exciting to watch. We've been in discussions and they're keen to fight Carl. But Santa Cruz has a defence in March against Cristian Mijares. And we have to get by Cazares. We have to beat him impressively."

McGuigan had hoped Frampton would get a shot at the IBF world title held by Kiko Martinez. "We were messed about a bit by that," he says. "He never wanted to fight us again. But we've put ourselves out on a limb to get big fights."

The man in Frampton's way, a former two-time world champion (40-7-2, 27 KO), is tough. "Cazares has a great left hook," says McGuigan. "He's clever and difficult to nail properly. But I don't think he'll last the pace. I think Carl will knock him out and then beat up Santa Cruz."

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