CARL Frampton has wanted to be a boxer since an early age.
And the Tigers Bay fighter will hope to take another step along the road to a shot at a British, European or World title when he defends his Commonwealth belt against Prosper Ankrah in Sheffield tomorrow night.
Ghana fighter Ankrah is the latest to try to derail the Frampton bangwagon – but ‘The Jackal’ says these kind of fights are what he has always wanted – even as a kid.
“I have always loved boxing. I remember when I was seven or eight I used to get into a ring in clubs in Belfast and fight another kid who was the same size as myself.
“Those were the days when smoking was not banned in pubs, so we would get into a ring in a smoke filled room and fight in front of the people in the pub or club
“I loved every minute of it and it was then that I realised that I was quite good at it.
“It was also great because after the fight, someone would stick a fiver in your hand after you had won. So you were made-up.
“Those memories have stayed with me and I still get a buzz when I step into the ring to fight in front of a crowd.
“I believe I was born to do this and I would not have turned professional if I did not believe I could go all the way to a World title,” he added.
And he also revealed his father Craig and his mother Flo played a big part in his development as a boxer.
“There were a few times when I was younger that I started to look at doing other things, but mum and dad could see I had a wee bit of talent for boxing and kept me at it.
“I am grateful they did that and appreciate everything they have done for me,” added Frampton.
Fights against European king Kiko Martinez and British title holder Scott Quigg among others have been mooted.
But Frampton says Ankrah is the only thing on his mind at the minute.
“He is not coming from Ghana to make up the numbers. Fighters from that part of the world are always tough and he will see this as a huge opportunity to win a title.
“I want the big fights against guys like Martinez and Quigg, but I know I have to keep on winning or those fights will not happen.
“I am totally focused on Ankrah and getting the job done against him. People thought I had underestimated Kris Hughes in my last fight and that I was looking ahead – but I think I proved that night that people who said that were wrong,” added Frampton.
And the super-bantamweight is up for the clash on the undercard of the Kell Brook versus Matthew Hatton clash.
“It doesn’t come much better than 9,000 fans and live television. It even beats those smoke filled clubs,” he added.