Carl Frampton has 2013 World title ambitions

TALENT: Carl Frampton
TALENT: Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton jets off to England on Tuesday with his sights set on a World title fight in 2013.

The Tigers Bay Super-bantamweight challenges Kiko Martinez for the European title at the Odyssey on February 9 knowing that bigger and better fights are on the horizon if he can see off the heavy handed Spaniard.

Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan believes and wants his young protégé to fight and win a World title in the coming 12 months.

And that is something the unbeaten ‘Jackal’ would also like to achieve.

“That is the aim and we want that World title before the end of 2013.

“My whole aim when I turned professional was to become a World champion and that aim is now well within my grasp.

“But I know that I have to take care of Martinez first and he will be the biggest test of my professional career to date.

“However I also know that if I beat Martinez - a World title fight is just around the corner. So there is everything to fight for on February 9,” he added.

Frampton and Martinez both have impressive knock-out records. ‘The Jackal’ has stopped 10 of his 15 opponents so far, while Martinez has up-ended 17 of his victims.

And Frampton admits he will have to be wary of Kiko’s power when the two of them meet.

“Of course, he is a big puncher and I will have to be careful, but I believe he is made for me and I believe I will do a number on him at the Odyssey.

“I also can bang and I would love to be the first guy to stop Martinez - but I will follow the instructions of Barry, Shane McGuigan and Gerry Storey Snr.

“I wanted to fight him over a year ago and he has pulled out of fighting me on two previous occasions.

“I believe I would have beaten him over a year ago and I am now a better boxer now than I was then,” he added.

And Frampton has another reason to be looking forward to 2013?

“I am getting married later this year to Christine and I am looking forward to that. 2013 should be a massive year for me in more ways than one,” added Frampton.

Also on the February 9 bill, Martin Lindsay will challenge Lee Selby for his British and Commonwealth belts.

Jamie Conlan will compete for a Commonwealth title and Andy Lee will face Anthony Fitzgerald in an all-Irish clash.

Marc McCullough and Daniel McShane will also appear on the under card.