I'll show I'm the real deal: Carl Frampton
Published 03/06/2011 | 02:27
Carl Frampton can take a significant step towards a British title shot when he faces Welshman Robbie Turley in Cardiff tomorrow night.
Unbeaten Frampton makes the first defence of his Celtic super-bantamweight title on the supporting bill of the vacant European lightweight championship clash between Cavan's Andy Murray and local man Gavin Rees, and with the added incentive of being live on Sky television, it is a very important night for the Belfast man.
Frampton has already established himself as one of the most exciting prospects in British boxing and he knows this is an ideal stage to show the wider public the potential many believe he has - none more so than his manager Barry McGuigan.
"It's a big night for me. Apart from being for the Celtic title, it's a British title eliminator so there is a lot on the line at this stage of my career, and Turley believes it is a big chance for him as well," said Frampton.
"He's a guy who will probably like to box at range. He's said that I haven't boxed anyone in his class before but I'm ready for whatever he has.
"I'm in great shape and I know that I'm not a one-trick pony - I can fight up close or off the back foot, whatever it takes.
"It's great that the fight is on Sky TV because I want people to see that I'm the real deal. I know that I could win the British title right now.
"Obviously he's the home town guy so there will be a few boos for me but I'm used to that boxing away from home as an amateur."
Meanwhile, middleweight debutant Eamon O'Kane will face Welshman Joe Jones in a four-rounder on the Cardiff show.