by Dallan O’Donnell
After the best performance of his career on Saturday night on the undercard of Carl Froch’s bout with Lucian Bute, in Nottingham, the future looks very bright indeed for the Belfast man.
Carl showed all his boxing skills in a 12 round unanimous decision victory over tough, unbeaten Mexican Raul Hirales. He looked a step above the Mexican, who true to his heritage, seemed to fancy a tear up with Frampton every round, but Frampton moved very well and beat Hirales at range.
Hirales, who travelled from Mexico to fight the unbeaten Frampton, was visibly frustrated at his inability to tie up Frampton. When Carl did decide to mix it up with Hirales, he still looked as if he would beat the Mexican at his own game, but he stayed clever and put in a magnificent display.
Frampton wanted to prove that he was better than the domestic level and did so emphatically. His long term foe, Scott Quigg, who fights Rendall Munroe next, may hopefully be a massive fight in the near future.
Frampton is in line for an IBF title somewhere down the road and after his victory will now receive a ranking from the IBF.
Although Frampton’s division is very tough, with classy fighters holding the belts it won’t be easy but that is what Frampton thrives on.
His manager, legendary Irish fighter and former world champion, Barry McGuigan, expects big things from his man. He also has the right promoters behind him in Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport, who will no doubt have a title fight on their minds if Frampton keeps performing at the very top level, as he did last weekend.