by Jonny Stapleton
Kris Hughes is adamant he will prove Commonwealth super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton isn’t worth the hype.
Frampton has quickly developed a reputation as a potential world beater working his way impressively to the top of the domestic pile in just eleven fights and makes his first defence against Hughes in York Hall on January 28.
The Scot, however believes the excitement surrounding the former Irish amateur champion comes from the words of manager Barry McGuigan and not from the ring actions of the talented 24 year old.
The Badger, who previously challenged Jamie Arthur for the same strap and two weeks ago beat Ulsterman Michael Harvey, tried to dig holes in Frampton’s record claiming it was padded out with uninterested journey men.
The Scottish champion has warned team Frampton to forget about rulling the world for now, as he predicts his superior experience will help him end the former Irish amateur stand outs Commonwealth reign.
“He is being touted as a world class fighter and his manager Barry McGuigan says he is best boxer he’s seen in 30 years, but I believe I can beat him,” Hughes revealed. “Unlike against Arthur I go into this fight as the more experienced fighter and that can only be a good thing, and even though he is undefeated Frampton’s record does seem to feature a lot of Romanian and Bulgarian journeyman he knocked out. In contrast everyone I’ve faced came to fight. I can prove all the hype is misplaced.”
Hughes might not afford fans favourite Frampton top billing, but the reigning British Champion Scott Quigg believes after he beats Jamie Arthur ‘The Belfast Boy’ will be the only domestic fighter worthy of challenging him.
Frampton and Hughes are on a collision course fuelled by Sky Sports and the Bury man, who now claims to be the domestic number 1, seems to be playing his part to promote a meeting of the hot prospect.
“The only domestic super-bantamweights I feel can show me something in the ring are Carl Frampton and Jamie. Carl has a good pedigree and has beaten boys like Robbie Turley