BOXING: Frampton claims Celtic title

Carl Frampton believes he has sent out a message after defeating Gavin Reid at the Ulster Hall.

The Tigers Bay fighter – in only his eighth professional encounter – finished off Reid in under two rounds to claim the Celtic Superbantamweight title on Friday night.

After lifting his first belt 'The Jackal' is sure the rest of his weight division will have taken notice.

"My weight division is super hot at the minute," Frampton said.

"In Ireland you have Willie Casey and Paul Hyland while in England you have Jason Booth, Scott Quigg and Randell Monroe.

"There are loads of big fights out there for me and after beating Reid in the fashion that I did, people will start to take notice.

"I am due to be a father in the middle of December and I will hope to get back out around February time, and 2011 is going to be a big year for me."

Frampton aired his delight after getting his hands on his first belt as a professional,

"I am very pleased to be the Celtic Champion. It is only my eighth fight as a pro, so its great to get my hands on a belt so early in my career," he said.

"I know by winning this belt it will open up a few doors for me and it means I am in the running now for a bigger and better title."

The Belfast boxer also paid tribute to last night's opponent Reid.

"Fair play to Gavin, he took some heavy shots from me but I knew when I had him on the ropes in the end he was struggling badly," Frampton said.

"The ropes were basically holding him up and I knew that if I kept throwing punches the referee would step in. And thankfully the referee did.

"I treat every fight now as a World title fight and I put the work in at the gym, people will say the fight only lasted two rounds and maybe I could do with some more ring time.

"But I will continue to learn and improve with every sparring session and fight I have."