Carl Frampton will take on Hugo Fidel Cazares of Mexico in Belfast in April
Last Updated: 30/01/14 8:33pm
Carl Frampton: One step away from fighting for the WBC title
Carl Frampton will fight Mexican veteran Hugo Fidel Cazares in a final eliminator for the WBC super-bantamweight title.
The Belfast contender will return to action in his home town's Odyssey Arena on April 4, with the winner becoming mandatory challenger to current champion Leo Santa Cruz.
Cazares (40-7, two draws) is reaching the twilight of a career that has seen him become WBO light-flyweight champion and also holder of the WBA super-flyweight strap.
He has lost just once since 2008 and been successful in four fights at the 8st 10lb limit.
Frampton is rated No 1 in the WBC rankings and has chosen to take this route after attempts to secure a rematch with IBF champion Kiko Martinez - whom he beat last year - came to nothing.
The 26-year-old is also yearning for a huge domestic dust-up with WBA title holder Scott Quigg - with the two sides so far unable to agree terms.