Local hero and two weight world champion Carl Frampton 23-1 makes his long-awaited return home as he takes on tough Mexican Horacio Garcia 37-4 (24 ko’s). Frampton has had a rollercoaster year, where he went from defeating Santa Cruz, to losing the rematch and splitting from long time manager/promoter Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan.
Garcia, 27, has an excellent record of 33 wins from 37 contests; with 24 of those wins coming by way of knockout. This will also be his 5th fight this year, so he will have no signs of ring-rust. He suffered a surprise loss to Diuhl Olguin, which he quickly avenged. His only career losses have come to two-weight World Champion Hozumi Hasegawa and rising star Joseph Diaz. So he can hold his own at world level and should make for a good matchup with The Jackal, who is relishing the fight ahead –
“This is a fight that really excites me,” said Frampton. “Garcia will definitely come and have a go. He’s a typical Mexican warrior, he’s tough and he’s game and he’ll try and put it on me in front of my home crowd.”
This should make for an exciting fight with both fighters having all-action styles. Garcia is known as a tough, come forward fighter so Frampton should have no trouble landing on the Mexican with his hard, accurate shots.
No doubt Frampton will want to get some rounds under his belt with new trainer Jamie Moore, so im expecting him to come on strong in the second half of the fight and start upping his work rate and volume of shots. I think this will eventually take its toll on the Mexican and the ref will stop the contest with Garcia out on his feet….
Result – Frampton wins by ko/tko / rounds 6 – 8