Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Lord of the ring Carl Frampton can look forward to a happy new year

Roaring success: Carl Frampton celebrates after his victory on Saturday night

Manager Barry McGuigan says protégé Carl Frampton is primed to become a boxing superstar in 2014.

Legend McGuigan believes the Belfast man, who retained his European title with a sixth round stoppage of Jeremy Parodi at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday night, will lift the World super-bantamweight belt and then go on to take the sport by storm.

"This kid is such a special talent I know he's going to become a superstar. And I'm talking about the level of the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward. He's a more exciting fighter than them because he goes and gets his opponents," said McGuigan.

"The Americans would love to see him and I can see him fighting at Madison Square Garden and I want to take him to Las Vegas because I believe he will be a huge box office fighter.

"There are not many fighters in the world who can draw the kind of support Carl does. The atmosphere was incredible in the Odyssey."

The former world champion will now seek to put in place a shot at the IBF super-bantamweight championship for Frampton who along with his manager and coach will be ringside in Spain to watch Kiko Martinez defend his World title against mandatory challenger Jeffrey Mathebula on December 21.

"We will be there at ringside in Spain ready to make the champion a substantial offer to come and defend the world title in Belfast," added McGuigan.

European champion Frampton has no doubt he is ready for a world title shot.

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