MALMESBURY boxer Joe Hughes has been called up to help Belfast fighter Carl Frampton prepare for his final world title eliminator against Mexican Hugo Cazares at the Odyssey Arena on Friday, April 4.

Frampton, unbeaten in all 17 professional fights, sparred seven rounds with Hughes at the Contender Gym in Trowbridge on Monday ahead of the fight which he hopes will earn a world title showdown with WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz.

Conrad Cummings, managed by former world champion Barry McGuigan and trained in London’s Battersea by his son Shane, was in Wiltshire to spar with Nick Blackwell.

“Carl is under the same management and they asked if there was anyone suitable to spar with him and my name was put forward,” said Hughes.

Light welterweight Hughes conceded a lot of weight to super bantam Frampton but he maintained it was a worthwhile exercise.

“It was a good workout and allowed me to work on my speed and skills,” said Joe.

“They have asked me if I might be available for some more sparring possibly at their gym in London.”

Hughes, the former Senior ABA champion and winner of eight of his nine professional fights, hopes to challenge for his first pro title on the April 5 bill at The Forum in Bath.

“I’m due to have my first 10-rounder and fight for the vacant British Masters light welterweight title, although no opponent has been booked yet,” said Hughes.

“It is going to be a step up and it will be great to fight where something is at stake.

“It looks a strong bill with Danny Butler’s second defence of his English Middleweight title and appearances from Mike Rose, Nick Blackwell and King Davidson. Fans can book tickets with me on 07878 454570.”