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Frampton closes in on WBC title shot

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Carl Frampton delivered a powerful left hook in the second round © PA Photos
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Carl Frampton knocked down Hugo Cazares in the second round of their WBC super-bantamweight title eliminator to put him in line to face champion Leo Santa Cruz.

A left hook from Frampton floored Cazares and the Mexican was late in getting up, appearing to mistime the 10-count at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Friday.

Frampton, who is yet to lose any of his 18 matches as a professional, told the BBC: "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."

Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan says plans are being put in place to take on WBC champion Cruz.

"We are going to make an outstanding proposal to Santa Cruz financially and hopefully he will come over to Belfast," McGuigan said. "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."

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