Carl Frampton agrees with Eddie Hearn that fighting in a stadium could be the way forward for the Tigers Bay European Champion.
Hearn was delighted with the 8000 plus crowd that turned up to watch Frampton claim the European crown off Kiko Martinez at the Odyssey on February 9.
Martin Lindsay, Jamie Conlan, Andy Lee, Martin Rogan and Eamonn O’Kane among others were on the show and Hearn is confident that Frampton could become a stadium fighter.
“There will come a stage where we have to look for other venues and that could be outdoors and I think it will have to be because I don’t think there are other venues,” Hearn said.
“We looking for the same fighters on the show as the Odyssey bill but we’ve got other fighters as well like Paul McCloskey, who’s looking at an interim shot.
“Even Lindsay after his loss, I said to him that any other featherweight in Britain you’d have beaten and you’d be champion – but Lee Selby’s just a little bit special.
“It was a great performance from Conlan, he had a great following.
“These guys are selling 500 or 600 tickets each, there’s only two or three fighters in England who can sell that many tickets.
“There’s so many fighters and we knocked back. Seven or eight fighters who asked to be on.
“There’s a lot of fighters out here and every fighter sells tickets really well.”
And Frampton says he would love to fight in a stadium sometime in his career.
“I would love to fight outdoors . I fought outdoors as an amateur in Italy and I would like to do that again.
“The Odyssey is a fantastic venue and the atmosphere is great, but to fight outdoors in a stadium in Belfast would be out of this world.
“Seaview or Ravenhill are two venues that we could use, but we will just have to wait and see.
“I know Eddie Hearn wants to have stadium fights for Carl Froch and myself.
“I am up for it and I will fight wherever they decide,” he added.
And Frampton’s mentor and manager Barry McGuigan won his World at the home of Queens Park Rangers - Loftus Road.
“Yes, Barry won his World title at Loftus Road and there are quite a few similarities between Barry’s career and mine, so you never know.
“I also heard that the atmosphere that night was fantastic and if I could have a night like that in the future it would be great,” he added.
Frampton claimed the European title by stopping Martinez in the ninth round of their fight at the Odyssey and he hopes to be back in action as soon as possible.
“It was quite a tough fight against Martinez, so I have been taking a wee bit of a break and getting a rest.
“I am hoping to be out again at the end of May or during June.
“The fight could be for a World title, but we will wait and see what happens in the coming months. I think I am ready to fight for a World title but we will have to see,” he added.
‘The Jackal’ was 26-years old last week and he believes 2013 is going to be a big year for him.
“I want to be a World Champion by the end of the year and I am also getting married - so there is loads to look forward to. Last year was a great year for me and I am very hopeful that this year will be even better.”