Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Carl Frampton: Jeremy Parodi will be taken out

Coach Shane McGuigan and Carl Frampton share a joke at yesterday's press conference

He's the headline act, his fans have great expectations and Carl Frampton feels like a movie star ready to deliver another Oscar winning performance

In the opposite corner tomorrow night at the Odyssey Arena will be tough little Frenchman Jeremy Parodi, ranked number four in the world by the IBF and insisting to all who will listen that he is going to return to Toulon with the European super-bantamweight title.

The odds makers are certainly not listening to the French camp as Parodi is an 11-1 outsider, despite only having a solitary defeat on his record.

Frampton, though, is simply not allowing any outside distraction to damage his focus on Parodi, the man standing in the way of him moving to the brink of a world title fight.

"I go into every fight believing that anything can happen on the night and I'm prepared for 12 hard rounds. He's got quite a big head like myself and that indicates he can take a good shot," said Frampton, who lifted the European title back in February with a knockout of Kiko Martinez.

"He says he's going to outbox me, he has never been stopped, he has never been on the floor in sparring or a fight so I want to get rid of him.

"It's a bit like that Liam Neeson movie, I have a set of special skills, I will find him and I will knock him out.

"With all due respect, Martinez is a better fighter than Parodi and I should be getting rid of this guy.

"I'm not expecting it to be an easy night, whatever happens, happens. I can box on the back foot or I can go forward but whatever he has it's nothing that I have not seen before.

"We have a game plan but come fight night, if there's anything that has to change then we can adapt to it. But I know that I have the power to take him out and that's the aim.

"Every fight is crucial now because if I lose then it really sets my career back and I'd have to rethink everything ahead.

"But I'm not going to let that happen, I've sacrificed too much and spent too much time away from the family.

"There's no way I'm letting this chance go. And I'm not going to become world champion unless I beat Jeremy.

"There's a massive buzz about the place. I like to keep myself to myself but when I have gone out of the hotel I have felt the vibe about Belfast, it seems to be getting bigger and better and I can only imagine what it is going to be like whenever I am fighting for world titles.

"This is a world title eliminator so the buzz is justified and it just seems to be growing."

The buzz is such that the Odyssey set-up has been altered to accommodate more seats, according to promoter Barry McGuigan.

"We've already made history with the number of tickets sold. BoxNation, who are screening the fight, have gone back another 35 metres with their set-up so that has given us an extra 800 tickets and it's a tremendous result for us, so it's going to be a sell-out of around 8,500."

As for Frampton's place in the world scene, McGuigan is hoping the IBF will place the Belfast man in the number one position for a shot at the world title.

"Carl is number three, Jeremy is number four, the number two slot is vacant and the number one slot is held by Jeffrey Mathebula who fights Kiko Martinez on December 21 in Spain so we are hoping that having already knocked out the champion, Carl will become the number one challenger," said McGuigan.

"We would be very disappointed if Carl is not elevated to the mandatory position if he beats Parodi because he has done everything that has been asked of him."

That of course will depend on Frampton handling the threat of Parodi and coach Shane McGuigan has no doubt it will be a painful night for the Frenchman.

"I really don't think that he is at Carl's level. It will be interesting to see what he tries to do, whether he tries to hunt Carl down or whether he looks to outbox him like he says. Either way, I see a late stoppage in Carl's favour."

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