Carl Frampton looked relaxed and confident on Thursday as he answered questions at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
The Tigers Bay Super-bantamweight takes on France’s Jeremy Parodi at the Odyssey tomorrow night in a defence of his European title and the clash is also an IBF World title eliminator.
A lot rides on the outcome of the fight - but Frampton who gets married the weekend after the fight - says he has put the wedding to Christine on the back burner for the time being.
“I am not thinking about the wedding - but don’t tell Christine!
“I am totally focused on Parodi and I am not going to let him ruin the build-up to the wedding. Christine would not be happy, but I believe my best is good enough to beat this guy,” he added.
Franchman Parodi looked ready for business and his quiet and calm demeanour seemed to indicate that he is not here to make up the numbers.
But Frampton says he is prepared for whatever Parodi brings on the night.
“I want to make a big statement on Saturday night. First I want to win the fight and do it in style.
“Parodi has never been stopped before, so I will be looking to be the first man to stop him.
“He has come here to give it a go and he is here to win. That’s good and hopefully he will stand and fight.
“It is a big night for me and I am looking to deliver in front of a sold-out Odyssey,” he added.
The event is also going to be a 8500 sell-out, and that was after another 800 seats were put in because of the huge demand for tickets.
Frampton says he has been blown away by the support he has received in his home city.
“The tickets have been flying out. It is just getting bigger and bigger and better and better.
“If I keep winning the crowds will keep growing and we will outgrow the Odyssey.
“We may have to move outdoor and you never know Barry might have to build a new bigger stadium,” smiled Frampton.
Former world Champions McGuigan, Dave ‘Boy’ McAuley, Wayne McCullough and Steve Collins have all tipped Frampton for the very top.
‘The Jackal’ says their support is nice but his inner belief is what is pushing him forward.
“They know the game and they have been around for a lot longer than I have. And if they are seeing and saying these things it is great for me and it also motivation to prove them right.
“But I believe in myself and I have been in the game a while myself and I know I am a World class fighter and I know I am one of the top super-bantamweights in the world and I will prove that at the Odyssey on Saturday night,” added Frampton.
And Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan says he has been blown away by the support that will turn-up to cheer on the Belfast fighter tomorrow night.
“It’s been a dream, but it was something I did believe would happen, but we are not there yet.
“This is not a World title fight yet and this fight against Parodi is a very tough fight.
“This is not going to be an easy fight. This kid can box and fight.
“He is durable and he is very confident that he can win. But he will not have boxed in an atmosphere like this before. It will be a shock.”