CARL Frampton is enjoying life in the spotlight as he prepares to face Steve Molitor at the Odyssey on September 22.
Frampton’s Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental titles will be on the line against the two-time World Champion from Canada.
Big things are expected from the Tigers Bay Super-bantamweight and Frampton says he thrives on that pressure.
“I think I perform best when there’s a bit of pressure on my shoulders.
“I’ve already topped the bill twice when Barry McGuigan promoted a couple of shows in the Ulster Hall - I think it was my sixth or seventh fight.
“But I am going to look forward to topping this bill and I think that’s when you are going to see the best of me - when there’s pressure,” he added.
The bill at the Odyssey is a huge affair with Paul McCloskey, Martin Lindsay, Eamonn O’Kane, Jamie Conlan, Paddy Gallagher and others all taking part.
And Frampton says it is nice to be topping the bill in his home town.
”It feels pretty good,” the 25-year-old said.
“I’m getting a lot of exposure now and people are starting to recognise me a little bit more.
“It’s good and long may it continue. But the main thing is that I concentrate on my training and the boxing.
“It is nice to get noticed - but it counts for nothing when the bell rings,” he smiled.
And ‘The Jackal’ says he will be totally prepared for the challenge that Molitor will bring to the ring at the Odyssey.
“He is a tall southpaw and he is tricky.
“ This is actually a tougher fight than the one I was supposed to fight against Kiko Martinez.
“I had been training with Kiko in mind - but they are two totally different fighters.
“It will be a tough test for me - but this is the kind of fight I have been looking for.
“Molitor is coming here to win and I will have to be ready for whatever he brings. But I will keep my titles.”