Date: 17th October 2013 at 5:22pm
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As a youngster I can still remember Barry McGuigan selling out Loftus Road to win his world title, it was a night I celebrated like mad.

Similarly, I was absolutely gutted when McGuigan lost his world title, in the desert heat, to Stevie Cruz.

McGuigan has always been the kind of person that speaks sense, his trod the boards, tasted the sweet scent of success and suffered the hard knocks life can throw at you.

So when Barry praises his protégé Carl Frampton, then I?m obliged to listen.

As Frampton contemplates stepping back into the ring this Saturday, to face the French fighter Jeremi Parodi and defend his European bantamweight belt, he will do so with Barry tipping him to be a global star and far bigger than he ever was.

Or as Barry succinctly puts it,

‘He’s got more natural ability than me.’

‘He’s got enough talent and power to win world titles from 122lb to 130lb. He can be a global boxing star.’


Stand out praise indeed.

Frampton enters this fight unbeaten in 16 professional bouts whilst his opponent has only one defeat in 37 bouts, which would seem to indicate that it?ll not be an easy night for Frampton and it?s one I?m certainly looking forward to.