Carl Frampton is delighted with the news that IBF super bantamweight world champion Jonathan Romero would put his title on the line against ‘The Jackal’ in Belfast.
A week after Belfast’s Frampton claimed the European title in February after beating Kiko Martinez at the Odyssey - Romero claimed the vacated IBF world crown.
The undefeated Columbian is not concerned about the threat of Frampton and claims he will travel to Belfast if the money is right.
“Frampton is a great boxer, to which I have been following and I know he has good qualities.
“But he does not give me any kind of fear and if they offer me good money, I would be willing to go to defeat him in his home country, as I have done with all my opponents.
“I think this is one of the strongest divisions, but Jonathan ‘Momo’ Romero has arrived and is here to stay and I’ll be getting stronger with each fight to beat the best,” he added.
And Frampton says he is pleased to hear that Romero is prepared to fly over to face him at the Odyssey.
“He says he will come here and fight me if the money is right. That is fine by me - but I leave who, where and when I fight to Eddie Hearn at Matchroom and my manager Barry McGuigan.
“They are working away in the back ground sorting out my next fight and I leave all that to them.
“I would love to fight for a World title in my next outing - but we will have to wait and see.
“Since the Martinez fight I have been taking it easy - but I am back training once a day now to maintain my weight and my fitness.
“Hopefully I will be out in late May or June,” he added.
And Frampton will be at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney tonight to help celebrate 30 years of the Scorpion Boxing Club.
The club is hoping for a big turn-out to view the fight night between an Ulster Select and the Isle of Man team which has been organised as part of the ‘twinning’ links between Ballymoney and the island.
Money raised will be going towards improving the facilities currently used by the Scorpion Club in Ballymoney.
And with boxing on the up in the area there is a possibility that a youth multi-nations tournament could be held in the town this autumn, it has emerged.
Alan ‘Spike’ Martin of the Scorpion Club is looking forward to the event.
“Thirty years of boxing history will be celebrated as Scorpion ABC host a gala night of boxing at the JDLC this Friday 8th March.
“A very strong Antrim side will be taking on the Elite from the Isle of Man on what promises to be a night to remember for local boxing fans.
“There will be three Commonwealth Games representatives, two English ABA Champions, two Ulster Senior Champions and Scorpion’s newly crowned Irish Champion all on display on the night. Scorpion have been working hard to organise this event and we hope that everyone will come along and support us on this historic night for Ballymoney boxing.
“It promises to be a brilliant night’s boxing.” he added.
Doors open at 7.30pm and admission is £7 and children are £3.50.