Carl Frampton eyeing World title shot but wedding comes first

Carl Frampton with Shane McGuigan and Barry McGuigan
Carl Frampton with Shane McGuigan and Barry McGuigan

Carl Frampton will get married at the weekend knowing that a World title shot is on the horizon.

‘The Jackal’ proved his class on Saturday night at the Odyssey by dismantling Jeremy Parodi before stopping him with a crisp bodyshot in the sixth round.

Now the TigersBay super-bantamweight can look forward to his wedding to Christine on Sunday in the presence of family and friends.

It will be a huge week for Frampton - but he says his wedding week got off to the perfect start against Parodi at the Odyssey.

“That was probably my best performance and apart from a couple of marks I didn’t really get hit.

“The tactics were perfect and Shane McGuigan was screaming for me to go to the body because I hurt him there before and Shane wanted me to throw it a bit more than I did.

“I hurt him with a body shot in the fifth and you can hit these guys in the head all night but once you go the body that’s it.

“It was a good performance from me and I can now concentrate on getting married, which is something I have really been looking forward to.

“I was fulloy focused on fighting Parodi but now that ism out of the way, I can relax and look forward to marrying Christine,” he added.

And ‘The Jackal’ admits it was extra special because he had promised to stop Parodi in the run-up to the fight.

“I’ve stopped another guy that’s never been stopped before.

“I’ve been working on fighting in close and I was blocking shots and throwing fast combinations which is what I’ve been working on in the gym.

“I’ve been hurting people in sparring; creasing big lads with the same shot

“I said I would stop him and I did. Like Kiko Martinez - he had never been stopped before and I did it at the Odyssey.

“The atmosphere at the Odyssey was special and I never thought it would beat the atmosphere on the night I beat Martinez - but it did.

“I really appreciate the support I receive. It was a very special night,” he said.

And Frampton says he also got away without too much facial markings before his big day.

“Yes - it’s all good and Christine is pleased I have not been marked up to badly around the face,” he laughed.

And manager Barry McGuigan is convinced the future is bright for his young boxer and he would even consider a clash with WBA World champ Scott Quigg.

“The truth is that this kid is the best super-bantamweight in the UK and Ireland, there’s no question about that.

“We are closing in on the top guys. He can go to another weight division too.

“He should be out again in late February, early March, it’s been a tough year and he needs some downtime.

“His timing, accuracy and spatial awareness is very good, he has great eyes, always on the target and great distance.

“He’s getting better at fighting on the inside and we don’t care who we fight, even if it’s Quigg.

“If the figures add up and it’s right, but the WBA is a watered down version of the title.

“Carl drags in 9,000 people and if Quigg is lucky in Bury he’ll draw in 900.

“Why would we go and give them an opportunity to do it when we’ve developed it? Let us face facts - Carl will knock Quigg out.

“We’ve stuck it out with the IBF to win the IBF title and then we are looking at WBC champ Santa Cruz and America,” added the former World champion.