Boxing: Sheffield challenger can overcome odds

Jez Wilson, middleweight
Jez Wilson, middleweight
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Underdog Jez Wilson can overcome the odds tonight and take out John Ryder in the British middleweight title eliminator at Bethnal Green, says his Sheffield trainer, Glyn Rhodes.

“We know it’s a tough fight, but boxing is all about taking chances - and Jez can beat this guy,” said Rhodes. “Ryder is good, (16+1) but he is no Sugar Ray Leonard.”

* Carl Frampton beat Hugo Cazares in the second round of their super bantamweight WBC title eliminator in Belfast.

The 27-year-old Northern Irishman, ranked number two overall in the weight division, put Mexican Cazares on the canvas with a left hook in the second round at the Odyssey Arena.

Cazares, 36, appeared to mistime the 10-count before getting up and therefore missed out on a title shot against his countryman and incumbent WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz, who is unbeaten in 28 fights.

“We are going to make an outstanding proposal to Santa Cruz financially and hopefully he will come over to Belfast,” Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan told BBC Sport.

“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.”

Frampton reflected on the left hook that put Cazares down, saying: “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.

“The support has been fantastic. I have the loudest bunch of supporters in Europe without doubt.”

On the prospect of facing Santa Cruz, Frampton added: “He wants to be in blockbuster fights and me against him would be huge.

“It is the most exciting fight out there right now and I think he will want it even more now.”

* Enzo Maccarinelli has vowed to prove his doubters wrong by ripping the WBA light-heavyweight title from German Juergen Braehmer in Rostock today.

Maccarinelli suffered a series of heavy stoppage defeats in the wake of his high-profile world cruiserweight title showdown against David Haye six years ago.

But the 33-year-old defiantly resisted growing calls to retire and is convinced he can cap his remarkable comeback by overcoming the veteran home favourite.

Maccarinelli told Wales Online: “Winning in Germany is not about becoming a two-weight world champion - it’s about redemption.

“People thought I was finished and I can’t lie, some of my performances in the last couple of years have been terrible.

“But there was a lot going on in my mind and I should have taken a break from boxing.

“It’s a good story though - I’ve been at the top and I’ve been at the bottom, and now I’m climbing my way back up again.”