BOXING: Frampton focused on securing world title shot

Carl Frampton hopes an impressive victory in the Odyssey Arena tonight will help secure a coveted world title shot.

BOXING: Frampton focused on securing world title shot

‘The Jackal’ challenges Kiko Martinez in Belfast for the European super bantamweight belt in the knowledge a win will leave the Irish Fighter of the Year on the verge of global glory.

Frampton is hoping to secure a shot at arch nemesis and WBA interim champion Scott Quigg, but if the English man continues to reject his advances he will pursue the IBF strap and a world title fight in just his 16th bout.

“A world title fight could possibly happen the next fight after Martinez,” said the Belfast boxer, who looked stronger than his gaunt opponent at yesterday’s weigh-in.

“Scott Quigg is the fight I would love next but if they still don’t want to take that then we can move on and start looking at world titles.

“The IBF title is vacant and Alejandro Lopez and Jonathan Romero fight for that title a week after I fight Kiko. Barry (McGuigan) has already been on to the IBF and they are happy to let the winner of that fight face the winner of Kiko and myself. I am not overlooking Kiko — he is the best fighter I have faced — but I really think I can do a job on him.”

Frampton has aspirations beyond the Continental crown but was keen to state his focus is presently on the three time and current blue belt holder.

The undefeated 25-year-old, however is hoping to become the first fighter to stop Martinez. who famously defeated Bernard Dunne.

“He is the Spanish Hulk Hogan!” quipped Frampton. “We will see how strong he is when he gets hit with the hardest punch he has ever felt in his life. I think he’s underestimating how good I can fight up close – I can outfight him, I can outbox him, I can do whatever I want to win the fight. I’m predicting a win and maybe even a possible stoppage win. To be the first guy to stop him would be great.”

Martinez and Frampton clash on a massive night of boxing in Belfast, with Martin Lindsay challenging Lee Selby for the British and Commonwealth super featherweight titles and Andy Lee facing Dublin’s Anthony Fitzgerald in a ten-round middleweight clash on a top class undercard. Super flyweight prospect Jamie Conlan faces Mike Robinson in a British and Commonwealth title eliminator while former Prizefighter champions Eamonn O’Kane and Martin Rogan, unbeaten Belfast trio Marco McCullough, James Fryers and Daniel McShane also feature.

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