World title challenger Matthew Macklin is convinced Carl Frampton will be crowned World Champion in Belfast on September 6.
Belfast fighter Frampton will challenge Kiko Martinez for the Spaniard’s IBF World title at a outdoor venue in front of 20000 fans.
Macklin has fought for World titles against Felix Sturm and Gennady Golovkin.
And he has also shared the ring with Sergio Martinez and Macklin says he is sure Frampton will be Northern Ireland’s next World champiion.
“I think Frampton will beat him on September 6 and he will beat him again after taking the European title off Kiko last year.
“I also don’t think Martinez will have improved or changed his game much and Carl looks as if he is getting better and better.
“I believe he will do a better job this time around and stop him even earlier,” he added.
And Macklin dismisses chat from Martinez that things will be different this time around.
“Kiko wanted to be the experienced fighter the first time they met and bully Frampton.
“But Carl was calm and was not fazed by the experience. Carl showed that night experience beyond his years and his class came through later on and he stopped Martinez,” he added.
And Macklin says he is now a believer after watching ‘The Jackal’ in action over recent months.
“I think Frampton is a great fighter. I was not to sure about him or sold on him, but when he fought Martinez the last time he came out and put it on him early doors.
“He was not fazed and kept a nice defence, picked his shots and when he had to step it up he did and he then produced a beautiful finish in the ninth round - which shows he carries his power into the later rounds,” he added.
And Macklin says his own World title ambitions are not finished.
“I am hoping to have a World title eliminator in Dublin in the coming months. That is the plan but nothing has been agreed,” said Macklin.
And Marc McCullough is flying high after picking-up the WBO European Featherweight title at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Friday night.
Belfast lad McCullough saw off Martin Parlagi on points after ten tough rounds.
Bigger titles are in the pipeline and McCullough says it was a battle of wills with Parlagi.
“You have a gameplan and sometimes it goes up the left.
“I thought he was going to tire out after three or four rounds from my strength. The crowd spurred me on over the last few rounds. I didn’t feel pressure, it was a good buzz coming into the ring.
“When I got cut in the fourth I was afraid of the fight getting stopped so I had to go on the back foot and try to box him.
“He’s in there to do the same job as me, I don’t take it too seriously [the rough stuff] and I want to win obviously but I’ve nothing against anyone.
“I should’ve listened to JohnBreen more because once I boxed it was easy enough. I’m just glad to get the 10 rounds under my belt and that will stand by me in the future. I thought my power would overcome him and I got drawn into the fight thinking I’m this big puncher.
Also on the night Jamie Conlan defended his WBO European Super-flyweight title by stopping Gabor Molnar in the third round of their clash.
Conlan had Molnar down in the second, before finishing him in the third. But the west Belfast lad says he still has work to do.
“It was good to win but there are things I wasn’t that happy with. It was good to defend the title and now we move on. I want a crack at the British title,” he added.
There were also wins on the night for Conrad Cummings, Conall Carmichael, Willie Casey and Issac Dogboe.
And finally Vasyl Lomachenko has beaten Gary Russell by majority decision to win the vacant WBO featherweight World title in Carson City, California.
The Ukrainian winning his first World title on points in only his third fight as a professional