Eamonn Loughran sure ‘special talent’ Carl Frampton will deliver against Kiko Martinez

Kiko Martinez arrives in Belfast
Kiko Martinez arrives in Belfast

Former WBO World Champion Eamonn Loughran will be at the Titanic Quarter on Saturday night to cheer Carl Frampton to World title glory.

‘The Jackal’ challenges Kiko Martinez for the Spaniard’s IBF World title and Loughran who held the WBO welterweight title from 1993 to 1996 is convinced Frampton’s hand will be held aloft in victory at the weekend.

“I think Frampton is up there with the best in the world. There is Carl and Guillermo Rigondeaux in his weight division, but other than that he is the best in the division and he will prove that on Saturday night.

“I think it will go along the same lines as the last time they met. I think Martinez has a punchers chance and he will give it a go because he is the champion.

“The first few rounds will be close but Frampton’s class will come through as it did the last time and he will win the fight.

“I think on this massive occasion Frampton will do the business again.”

Loughran has been ringside for a number of Frampton’s fights and he says the boy from Tiger’s Bay has a little bit of everything.

“He is a special talent, he has got it all and Barry McGuigan spotted that from day one.

“He is more suited to the professional game. He can come forward, he can box on the back foot, he can bang and he can think his way through a fight. He is a special talent,” he added.

And Loughran says it is great to see big night boxing back in Belfast and he says these big nights will motivate all the young boxers in the country.

“It’s been a long time since we had 16,000 at a boxing show in Belfast - the last time was probable with Barry McGuigan. But this kid is a bit special and he is bringing people together.

“But Frampton is the real thing and I think people recognise that and that is why they are coming out in these large numbers.

“It is also great for the boxers on the undercard as they will see Frampton doing it and they will think to themselves ‘I can do this as well.’

And some of the top amateurs will be thinking the same. They will want some of this,” he added.

Loughran says he would target a fight with WBA World champion Scott Quigg after he takes care of Martinez.

“Once he wins this fight, I would have a defence at home and then go for Scott Quigg.

“Quigg is made for Carl and for me Frampton beats him everyday of the week.You would have a huge crowd at that one because the interest would be huge. The Quigg fight would go the same as this fight on Saturday night - Carl takes them out in rounds seven to nine.

“He would have to much for Quigg but first of all he has to deal with Martinez and I believe he will do that alright and I will be there.”