Carl Frampton relishing some ‘exciting times’ ahead

HARD WORK AHEAD: For Carl Frampton (right) and trainer Shane McGuigan
HARD WORK AHEAD: For Carl Frampton (right) and trainer Shane McGuigan

Carl Frampton will head back to England on Tuesday to start out on the journey to a World title.

The Tigers Bay Super-bantamweight is on the verge of something huge in the coming months after taking the European title off Kiko Martinez at the Odyssey in February.

IBF World champion Jonathan Romero has been rumoured to the next target on ‘The Jackal’s’ hit list.

Frampton is expected to be out again sometime in June - but he says no-matter who he faces next - his career has moved up a level.

“There are loads of things happening and I have always wanted to be a World champion since I was a kid and it could be in my next fight.

“But we will have to wait and see what happens.

“There is loads happening and I am excited with the challenges that lie ahead.

“There is a buzz about boxing in Belfast again and that is good. People are starting to come back to watch boxing and that is brilliant.

“And hopefully I can be the front runner for that and bring big shows to Belfast,” he added.

Frampton will train in London under the watchful eye of Shane and Barry McGuigan in the run-up to his next outing.

And the Belfast fighter says his preparation for his next contest has to be spot-on and that no stone will be left unturned in his preparation.

“I train hard for every fight but if my next fight is for a World title, I am going to have to train very hard.

“The World title fight has not been made yet, but if it is I will have to get myself into the shape of my life.

“But I feel that after every training camp now, I am getting fitter and stronger.

“I am in good shape going into the training camp and I could be sparring six rounds at the start of the camp and feeling good.

“It’s exciting times and no-matter what happens next I will be up for my next fight and I will be ready.

“This is what I have always wanted and now I am getting very, very close to getting my hands on a World title.

“But I know they do-not give them away, so I know loads of hard work will have to be done, if I want to reach that level,” he added.