Talented super-bantamweight Carl Frampton stated his case as one of the top fighter’s in the world at the lower weights with an impressive knockout of seasoned Mexican campaigner Hugo Cazares.
The 27 year-old powered in a crushing left hook to put Cazares down for the count in the second session to end the fight at 1:38 and move on to a shot at current WBC title holder Leo Santa Cruz.
Frampton was already the number one contender to Santa Cruz before his fight with Cazares, but took the fight to prove his credentials and did so in fine style in front of his adoring home crowd in Belfast.
Santa Cruz v Frampton has all the makings of a classic match-up at the 122lb limit, with negotiations set to get underway between promoters Golden Boy and Cyclone in the coming weeks.
“We are going to make an outstanding proposal to Santa Cruz financially and hopefully he will come over to Belfast,” Barry McGuigan, Frampton’s promoter and manager said after the fight. “The sooner we can get it on the better.”
‘The Jackal’ improved his record to 18-0 and 13 stoppages with the win as Cazares dropped to 40-8-2.
In chief support, Stephen Ormond defeated Karim El Ouazghari via a technical knockout in the fifth round.
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