Carl Frampton is back in Belfast and counting the minutes until he enters the ring at the Odyssey on Saturday night.
The Tigers Bay banger takes on Jeremy Parodi in an IBF World title eliminator at the Belfast venue and he will also be putting his European title on the line.
Frenchman Parodi has won 37 of his 39 fights but he has never been stopped and Frampton wants to put an end to that record on Saturday night.
“Parodi has never been stopped, so I want to stop him at the Odyssey.
“Kiko Martinez had never been stopped and I put him away at the Odyssey in February.
“I totally respect Parodi, he is a tough boy, but I plan to stop him at the Odyssey and impress while doing it,” he added.
The Odyssey bill has sold more tickets than any other boxing event at the venue and Frampton cannot wait to get started.
“It’s good, it’s the last week and there’s a bit of a buzz around Belfast and it’s nearly sold out. I’m looking forward to the fight and getting in there.
“I have not fought since the Martinez fight in February - so I am looking forward to getting started,” he added.
And ‘The Jackal’ - unbeaten in his 16 fights to date - says he wants to impress everyone who has paid to come to the Odyssey to watch him in action.
“I always want to look good. I still think one of my best performances was against Raul Hirales, the Mexican who didn’t get the credit he deserved, he went on to beat Oscar Gonzalez after I shut him out.
“He’s a good fighter and I won every round pretty much. I didn’t get the credit I deserved and it was sort of called a ‘boring’ performance even though I won the fight comfortably so it’s important for me to look good and be explosive.
“I know that and understand that. I want to be explosive, win the fight and stop Parodi,” said Frampton.
Frampton is packed in at the weight and he says preparation at McGuigan’s Gym in Battersea in London, could not have gone any better.
“It’s been going good, I’ve been sparring big men, hurting them. I’ve been trying to work on a few new things.
“I’m fit – obviously my last fight was in February, but I had one called off, I think I’m taking my training camp from that into this one.
“If you count all those weeks it’s a lot. I’m feeling good and can’t wait to get it on now.”