The unbeaten (17-0) Belfast native meets Mexico’s two-weight former world champion Hugo ‘El Increible’ Cazares in the final eliminator for Leo Santa Cruz’s WBC world super-bantam title.
If Cazares, a veteran of 49 fights (40-7-2), wins tonight’s 12-rounder he’ll face Santa Cruz in an all-Mexican duel for the crown.
But 27-year-old Frampton, who is nine years younger than the Los Mochis southpaw, is determined not to let a world title shot slip through his hands in his own backyard.
The bookies also believe that it’s going to be the night of the Jackal as they have Frampton at 1/12 on. El Increible is out at 13/2.
“I just think that I’m too young, too fit, too fresh, too strong and this is my time, said an upbeat Frampton, a former Irish Elite champion.
“I’m ready to fight 12 rounds flat out at a very high pace. I’m hoping that Hugo comes and wants to stand and trade in the centre of the ring.
“He sees an all-Mexican showdown with Leo Santa Cruz and I see my first world title. I think both of us are hungry, all those ingredients put together makes for a great fight.
“If he’s not tired and he’s still punching in the 12th round that’s good too.
“I’m one of the fittest super-bantamweights in the world and I’ll go all night if I have to.”
Cazares said: “He says he wants to stand there and fight, not run. I want to do that inside the ring, I hope he pleases his crowd and stands there to fight because that’s my style.”
Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions will be represented at ringside tonight, and former world champion Barry McGuigan, who manages Frampton, wants a signature victory.
“This is going to be a really tough fight, a real acid test for Carl, but he is in the best condition of his life. He’s prepared meticulously,” said the ‘Clones Cyclone’.
Stephen Ormond, Jamie Conlan — a brother of London 2012 bronze medallist Michael — Marco McCullagh. Conrad Cummings, Eamon O’Kane and Ryan Burnett make up tonight’s undercard.