STEVE Molitor has upped the ante before Saturday night’s showdown against Carl Frampton at the Odyssey Arena.
Molitor – the former two-time World champion – believes he has too much experience, skill and ability for the Belfast fighter.
Frampton was supposed to face Kiko Martinez for the European title at the Odyssey – but the Spaniard pulled out because of injury.
And confident Molitor believes he will have Frampton’s number when the two meet.
“I’m a massive step up from Martinez. He’s European level and I’m World level and come fight night everyone will realise that. This is too soon for Frampton.
“He has never been in the ring with someone on my level. He is a good boxer, very aggressive, but he makes a lot of mistakes that I plan on capitalising on.
“The plan is to win convincingly here against a young undefeated prospect and that will put me in line for a title. I am fully prepared for this fight.”
Frampton claimed the vacant IBF Inter Continental title with victory over Raul Hirales in May and her will also put his Commonwealth title on the line on Saturday night, and he is a strong 8-25 with Betfair to see off the visitor.
And Molitor has praised Frampton for his willingness to take on the fight at this stage in his career.
“It’s great to see a young undefeated fighter want to step up to the plate and fight a World class fighter,” said Molitor.
“So many of these young kids pad their records fighting bums.
“So I take my hat off to Carl and his team for stepping up against me as a two time IBF Champion of the World, that takes guts.
“But I will win the fight at the Odyssey. I’d like to thank the Belfast public for coming out and I have to tell them - ‘don’t blink; you’re going to love the fireworks,” he added.
The fight tops a fantastic night of action at the Odyssey Arena, with Paul McCloskey taking on Manuel Perez.
Martin Lindsay challenges Lee Selby for the Welshman’s British and Commonwealth featherweight titles.
Dungiven’s Eamonn O’Kane is in action while fellow Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher who makes his professional debut.