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'Jackal' Carl Frampton looking to scale Everth's steep challenge

The Belfast boxer has a Wembley date with a 26 K.O veteran from Nicaragua.

Carl Frampton's last bout was against Kiko Martinez in February.
Carl Frampton's last bout was against Kiko Martinez in February.
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CARL FRAMPTON WILL defend his IBF Intercontinental Super-Flyweight title against Everth Briceno on Saturday, 20 July, at Wembley Arena.

Unbeaten Frampton features alongside British stars Dereck Chisora and Billy Joe Saunders. 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.

26-year-old Frampton 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,” said the Belfast boxer. “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.”

Headlining the action-packed show is the heavyweight, Trans-Atlantic showdown between Dereck Chisora and unbeaten Malik Scott.

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