Frampton eyes WBC title shot after KO of Cazares
Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KO’s) beat Hugo Cazares (40-8-2, 27 KO’s) in the second round of their super bantamweight WBC title eliminator on Friday night at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The 27-year-old Northern Irishman floored Cazares, 36, with a left hook to the head that put him down on one knee.
The Mexican appeared to mistime the 10-count and therefore was counted out. It looked like Cazares couldn’t understand the count that was being given, the referee Victor Loughlin was counting in English and Cazares might not have been able to understand what he was saying.
It was the first time Cazares had been stopped since losing to compatriot Gerson Guerrero in October 1999.
With this win, Frampton will now be challenging WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz next.
"We are going to make an outstanding proposal to Santa Cruz financially and hopefully he will come over to Belfast," Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan told the BBC.
"The sooner we can get it on the better.
"He has got morals and I believe he genuinely wants to fight Carl. It is all about sitting down and hammering out the deal."
Frampton reflected on the left hook that put Cazares down, saying: "That was a big shot that hurt him and it shows the power I have.
"I just threw it and it landed and that was game over.
"The support has been fantastic. I have the loudest bunch of supporters in Europe without doubt."
On the prospect of facing Santa Cruz, Frampton added: "He wants to be in blockbuster fights and me against him would be huge.
"It is the most exciting fight out there right now and I think he will want it even more now."