Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan are now more convinced than ever that ‘The Jackal’ will become a World Champion.
Frampton and McGuigan watched with interest as Kiko Martinez claimed the IBF World title in America on Saturday night after stopping champion Jonathan Romero in the sixth round.
It was the same Martinez that Frampton had out-boxed and stopped in the ninth round at the Odyssey in February.
And Frampton says he now believes he can get his hands on a World belt in the future.
“Kiko destroyed Romero and fair play to him, but I took Kiko apart at the Odyssey in February and I now know that I am at a very high level and can win a World title.
“Kiko stopped Romero in the sixth round - but I believe I would have had him out of their earlier.
“Romero just did not have the power to keep Kiko off him and he paid the price.
“Hopefully Kiko will want to avenge that defeat he suffered to me and we will get a shot at a World title.
“I would fight Kiko tomorrow,” he added.
Martinez now has to defend his title against Jeffrey Mathebula and McGuigan says they would fight either.
“I would take another fight with Kiko in a heartbeat. Carl destroyed him at the Odyssey and he will do it again.
“Kiko has to fight Mathebula within 90 days and then we want to fight the winner.
“We tried to get Romero for Carl for four months but they kept putting us off.
“They said they ‘offered us the fight’ but that is completely untrue.
“They did not want the fight but we will get Carl into a position where the IBF champion will have to fight him,” he added.
But McGuigan says they are totally focused on Parodi and the challenge he will bring to the Odyssey in October.
“He is a box fighter and he can fight coming forward and backwards.
“Parodi is very strong and he accepted the fight in seconds which makes me believe her will come to Belfast and fight Carl.
“But whatever way he fights Carl will get to him. These are exciting times and I am now more convinced than ever that Carl will become a World champion.
“I believe he can become a two weight World champion.
“I have always said he would become a World champion and people have said I am like a ‘broken record’ but he is ready to deliver on what I have been talking about for years,” he added.
Also on the bill Jamie Conlan and Eamonn O’Kane will fight for titles. O’Kane looks set to face Kerry Hope in a title fight and build on his Irish title success against Anthony Fitzgerald, while other local boxers will also be on the bill.
Tickets for the bill can be bought at the Odyssey and at www.ticketmaster.ie