IBF Intercontinental Super-Bantamweight Champion Carl Frampton will defend his title against Argentina’s Fabian Orozco at Wembley Arena on Saturday 20th July.
Frampton features alongside stars Dereck Chisora, Billy Joe Saunders and Paul Butler on a huge night of boxing, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
The exciting Belfastman, who also holds the European title, is fast approaching a world title shot and must beat the tough Orozco to remain on track for a potential shot later this year.
Orozco, from Rawson in the San Juan province, is the IBF and WBO Latino Champion and comes into the fight with a record of 20 wins from 24 fights with 2 losses and 2 draws. The hard-hitting 27-year-old poses a serious threat to Frampton’s unbeaten record with 4 out of his last 5 opponents stopped early.
Frampton, who has scalped Mexican and Venezuelan challengers in his career, is looking forward to a showdown with the Argentinian warrior.
He said, “I think it will be a very exciting fight. From the footage I have seen of him he seems keen to get in to tear ups, which is what I like, someone who'll come and have a fight. I think our styles will suit each other and it should be an exciting fight.”
Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan added, “Fabian Orozco, is a talented hard punching box/fighter who is coming to Wembley on the 20th of July believing he can beat Carl Frampton. He is rough and uncompromising and will definitely come to fight. Carl must win all of his fights as he gets closer to that World Title he craves. Orozco’s the IBF Latino Champion at Super Bantamweight, he’s big for the weight at 5 /7.5 and he looks every bit as intimidating as Frampton with his body art. they jumped at the chance to take the fight and we know Carl has a scrap on his hands on July 20th and he wants to show the Wembley audience his skills and we feel Fabian Orozco will bring the best out of Frampton and give the Wembley audience an enthralling fight.”
Headlining the action-packed show is the big heavyweight Trans-Atlantic showdown between Dereck Chisora and unbeaten Malik Scott. Billy Joe Saunders and Gary O’Sullivan clash in a battle of the undefeated fighters with Saunders’ WBO International Middleweight title on the line; one of Britain’s hottest and most exciting young prospects, Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler, plus London super-middleweight star Frank Buglioni.
Completing the card is light-heavyweight talent Calum Johnson from Boston; 2008 Olympian/2007 World Amateur Championship Bronze Medalist Bradley Saunders, Bradley Skeete, Steve O’Meara, Gary Corcoran, Mitchell Smith, Billy Morgan, Tom Baker v John Dignum and Joey Taylor.
The show will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com
BoxNation Meets Carl Frampton in Pre-Fight Buildup show – tonight from 7.30pm
The Channel of Champions BoxNation catches up with IBF Intercontinental Super-Bantamweight Champion Carl Frampton ahead of his title clash against Argentina’s Fabian Orozco at Wembley Arena on Saturday 20th July.
BoxNation’s Alex Steedman meets the exciting Belfastman at McGuigan’s gym in Battersea alongside his trainer Shane McGuigan and Manager Barry McGuigan.
BoxNation goes behind the scenes to get to know more about ‘The Jackal’ and get a glimpse of his early life in Tigers Bay at the end of the troubles, his family and how he got into boxing.
In the second half of the show BoxNation gets up close and personal with Shane and Barry McGuigan to get an insight into Frampton’s new training process in London and what the future holds for the European title holder.
Frampton features alongside stars Dereck Chisora, Billy Joe-Saunders and Paul Butler on a huge night of boxing at Wembley Arena on Saturday 20th July and live on BoxNation.
Frampton is fast approaching a world title shot and must beat the tough Orozoco to remain on track for a potential shot later this year.
BoxNation Meets Carl Frampton will be broadcast on BoxNation tonight at 7.30pm.
Watch Carl Frampton vs Fabian Orozco LIVE and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) from 7pm on Saturday 20th July. To subscribe visit www.boxnation.com
RABCHENKO HAS EUROPE'S BEST ON THE RUN
SERGEY RABCHENKO believes he's got the continent's best light-middleweights on the run.
The unbeaten Belarusian puncher, who has won 17 of his 23 fights by knockout, was due to defend his European and WBC silver crowns against Emanuele Della Rosa.
The Italian, however, decided to withdraw from this week's purse bids at the eleventh hour.
Spain's experienced Ruben Varon has been put forward as a replacement by the EBU, but it means another month of waiting around for negotiations to be completed for Rabchenko.
"It is disappointing. I was truly hoping to box against Della Rosa as he is rated number four by the WBC and it was a meaningful fight," a dejected Sergey said.
"Obviously Della Rosa didn’t want to risk his rating and decided to avoid me, which is very sad, but I wish him all the best and maybe someday he’ll knock at my door for another opportunity.
"I am wondering also why Brian Rose doesn’t seem interested in challenging me. He’s achieved a good career, so far, in becoming British champion and having the Lonsdale belt for keeps.
"Would he not want to try his chance at becoming European champion? Maybe his new promoter feels that it’s a step too far?"
With Sergey now being trained by Ricky Hatton in Manchester, a fight with Blackpool's Rose would be huge draw in the North West.
However, it's not something he wants to think too much about at this stage as he knows the fight with Varon isn't one which can be overlooked.
The Madrid-native has already given Matthew Macklin a hard night in challenge for the European middleweight title and knows how to score an upset, having snapped the unbeaten record of Lukas Konecny in 2004.
"I do not know Ruben Varon and I’ve never seen him box, but from his record I can see that he’s an experienced professional and will, for sure, try to seize the chance to win the European and WBC Silver titles," Rabchenko said.
"But I will not give him this possibility and I’ll keep my titles, as I have much bigger things to achieve.
"I am fully confident this fight is another step forward in my career. With Ricky Hatton behind me, the sky is the limit!"