Carl Frampton faces Hugo Cazares for right to fight Leo Santa Cruz


Northern Irishman Carl Frampton has slipped through the radar as a major boxoffice fighter climbing the ranks, in spite of Barry McGuigan's insistence that 'The Jackal' has demonstrated that he has "elite-level skills".

Yet if the Belfast bruiser, already ranked No 1. in the junior featherweight division by THE RING magazine, comes through two Mexicans this year – known as 'The Incredible' and 'The Earthquake' – he will become the WBC world champion in 2014.

Credibility further afield than in his own country, where he is already a huge star, ought to be immediate for the 122-pound fighter who has united a sectarian divide with his following.

That world title journey takes a huge turn in Belfast tonight as the unbeaten 27-year-old (record 17-0) faces Hugo Fidel Cazares, whom McGuigan reported on Thursday as being "in great shape, here to win, very confident and very buoyant".

Click here to read the full story by Gareth A Davies, boxing writer for The Telegraph.