BARRY McGuigan will have mixed emotions at the Odyssey on Saturday.
The former WBA Featherweight champion wil be ringside as his young protege Carl Frampton defends his Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental titles against Steve Molitor.
Canadian Molitor is a former two time World champion - who has not come to Belfast to make up the numbers.
This will be Frampton’s 15th fight as a professional and it will be his toughest and hardest to date.
McGuigan has invested loads of time and energy into his young charge and tonight they will be taking the biggest gamble or risk of his career.
‘The Clones Cyclone’ has been there and done it in the world of boxing.
But what will he be thinking when the first bell rings??
“I am always nervous, because he is like my son. Carl has been at my house for the last three years training.
“He trains with my boys and I have have a fatherly relationship and a managerial relationship - so it can be tough.
“Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind and sometimes you have to push him in training when he is struggling with the hard graft.
“But he has prepared so hard for this, he has trained so hard for this and he is great condition for the hardest fight that he will ever have.
“But he will come through with flying colours,” added McGuigan.
McGuigan admitted that a lot of questions will be answered at the Odyssey.
“Yes we will find out how good he is.
“This is a real crisis moment for Carl but he will come through this crisis with flying colours. I am sure of that,” he added.
Trainer Gerry Storey Snr is convinced his young charge will do the business at the Odyssey.
“This is a great fight for the fans and it is great fight for the Belfast. People keep mentioning Kiko Martinez - who Carl was supposed to fight for the European title at the Odyssey.
“But Carl was ready for Kiko over a year ago and he is ready for challenge of Molitor. I am very confident he will get the job done.
“You can’t underestimate Molitor but we have every confidence in Carl. We expect Carl to win on Saturday night and believe you me, he will take Molitor out of his comfort zone - you can count on that,” said Storey.