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BARRY McGUIGAN believes the world will see just how good Carl Frampton is after he shares the ring with Raul Hirales on Saturday week.

Frampton's mentor admits taking on the undefeated Mexican is a big risk and a significant test for the Commonwealth champion.

However, McGuigan feels the chance to earn a place in the IBF's world top 10 ensures the potential rewards outweigh any risk and is confident his star will pass his stiffest pro test as the chief support to the Lucian Bute and Carl Froch clash.

"This is a massive chance for him to show everyone, what I see in the gym everyday," said McGuigan.

"When he wins this fight he will be in the top ten in the world with the IBF and therefore he will be able to fight for a world title. But this is a tough fight, so first things first. He has to do a job on Hirales on May 26.

"Hirales is a tough Mexican who can box and fight. He is unbeaten and he has already beaten a couple of prospects in the fights he has had.

This is a risk, but a calculated one and I am totally convinced Carl will beat him, but this is a tough fight. Carl in my mind can beat world class fighters and on May 26 we will get an idea of how good he is.

"It (Bute v Froch) is the biggest fight of the year so far, so the exposure Carl will get from fighting as the main support fight will be fantastic for him.

"Carl has to go out there and win and also impress."


CRUNCH TIME Carl Frampton faces Raul Hirales
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 14, 2012
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