Frampton Defends Title vs Briceno July 20th

Belfast’s Carl Frampton will defend his IBF Intercontinental Super-Flyweight title against Everth Briceno on Saturday 20th July at Wembley Arena.

Unbeaten Frampton features alongside British stars Dereck Chisora and Billy Joe Saunders on a big night of boxing live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

His challenger, big-punching Briceno from Chinandega, Nicaragua, has plenty of experience in a 13-year career in which he has stopped 26 of his 35 wins.

He took hard-hitting world star Leo Santa Cruz to eleven rounds in a WBC Youth Bantamweight world title fight two years ago with Cruz later going on to capture a world title who could be a potential opponent for Frampton down the line.

Frampton, 26, is heading into the fight in hot form with stoppage wins in his last two fights against Kiko Martinez to win the European title and Steve Molitor to defend his Commonwealth and IBF Intercontinental title.

“Everth Briceno is a great fighter. The guy has fought for the World Title on two separate occasions. He also boxed Leo Santa Cruz who is a future rival of mine, so I aim to do a better job on Briceno than Cruz did. I am in the best shape of my life right now. I am improving in training every day, sparring great, and I’m looking forward to showcasing my skills at Wembley on the 20th.” Said Frampton.

Headlining the action-packed show is the big heavyweight Transatlantic showdown between Dereck Chisora and unbeaten Malik Scott. Billy Joe Saunders and Gary O’Sullivan clash in a battle of the undefeated fighters with O’Sullivan’s WBO International Middleweight title on the line; one of Britain’s hottest and most exciting young prospects, Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler, plus London super-middleweight star Frank Buglioni.

Completing the card is light-heavyweight talent Calum Johnson from Boston; 2008 Olympian/2007 World Amateur Championship Bronze Medalist Bradley Saunders, Bradley Skeete, Billy Morgan, Tom Baker and Joey Taylor.

Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler will not challenge for the WBO Intercontinental Super-Flyweight title on the card after he injured his hand in his last fight against Najah Ali.

Judgement Day: Carl Frampton vs Steve Molitor, Plus McCloskey vs Perez

By: Jack Bowers
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Judgement Day Preview
This Saturday brings a very interesting night of boxing in Northern Ireland. The young talent of Carl Frampton takes on experienced fighter Steve Molitor, in what will be the toughest fight of his career. The show sees a packed undercard with the undercard highlight being: Paul McCloskey against the dangerous Manuel Perez.

Will Molitor be too much for young Frampton?
This Saturday night Carl Frampton will be putting his unbeaten record on the line when he takes on former IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

The fight has been dubbed as Judgment day and for Frampton, it certainly is. He has never been in the ring with someone as talented, and as dangerous as Molitor.

The commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental, Frampton has been spoke about highly and there is no doubting he is a good talent, but could this fight be a case of too much too soon?

Molitor, now 32-years-old will be coming to Belfast to win. He isn’t going to help Frampton look good in front of his home crowd. The talented Canadian fighter will be coming to put on a show and show Frampton just how hard it is to be fighting at world level.

There is a chance that Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton will be schooled, and taught a very harsh lesson from Molitor. As mentioned, Frampton is a talent and has outclassed his 14 opponents so far, but he has never fought at this level.
Molitor is a superb boxer, calling him underrated would be slightly harsh as most people know how dangerous he is, but people who are very confident of a Frampton victory may be a tad naïve. Molitor’s boxing skills are top class. He boasts a very impressive record of 34 wins and just loses. He has only been heavily beat in one fight, back in 2008 against the world class Celestino Caballero.

However, as hard as I think this will be for Frampton, if (and at the moment it is a big if) he can come through this fight with a win, then he is well and truly on the map, and his boxing career could reach new heights.

Frampton is undoubtedly a bright talent with huge potential, but If the potential doesn’t come through on Saturday night, then I think he may well get brutal defeat in front of his own fans.

Last Chance for Paul McCloskey
This fight is crucial for McCloskey, it really is his last chance, should he lose he may consider retiring. He has lost two out of his last three fights.

The most recent of them defeats came last May against DeMarcus Corley. The 33-year-old lost in a 10th round TKO but he could have gone at any stage of that fight, he was simply outclassed. He showed the odd glimpse of looking decent but just couldn’t handle Corley’s power.

Truth is McCloskey hasn’t looked good for a while now, his last victory against Breidis Prescott was rather fortunate and seemed like a questionable points victory.

As for his opponent, Manuel Perez, this could be a great springboard for his career. Perez has been fighting well in his last two fights. Perez is a tough fighter and will be able to deal with McCloskey’s power, he hasn’t been beaten soundly since his defeat to Brendan Rios.