Frampton gets former world title challenger at Wembley

08/07/2013 20:23

Super bantamweight contender Carl Frampton (16-0) will face replacement opponent Everth Briceno (35-8-2) on July 20 at Wembley.

The Belfast man had originally been due to fight Fabrian Orozco, but the Argentinian suffered an upset 2nd round knockout defeat to Julien Evaristo Aristule and he instead faces the dangerous Briceno.

Frampton hopes to send out a warning to 122lb rival Leo Santa Cruz when he faces his former foe.

The Nicaraguan has 26 stoppages in his 35 wins and took Cruz to the 11th round before being halted by the unbeaten Mexican in 2011.

Briceno, a 13-year professional, has won two fights in a row. But he dropped unanimous decisions in both of his world title fights, to Fernando Montiel in Las Vegas in 2005 and to Omar Narvaez in Argentina in 2010.

"Everth Briceno is a great fighter. The guy has fought for a world title on two separate occasions," said Frampton.

"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."

Frampton is coming off two impressive performances, a 6th round knockout of former super bantamweight titleholder Steve Molitor in September and a 9th round knockout of Kiko Martinez to win the European title in February.

The fight is on the undercard of the show headlined by the heavyweight bout between former world title challenger Dereck Chisora and unbeaten American Malik Scott.