Published Sunday, 23 September 2012
Carl Frampton with Barry McGuigan after he defeated Steve Molitor (© Pacemaker)
Frampton never looked in trouble as he dominated the experienced Canadian putting him down three times on his way to the win in front of a home crowd.
Molitor, who replaced European champion Kiko Martinez for the super-bantamweight clash, had been expected to provide a stern examination of the Tiger's Bay fighter, but in truth Frampton controlled the fight right from the first bell and always stayed ahead on points.
The 25-year-old refused to give Molitor any space to show his class, and scored with a knockdown at the end of the fourth round, with another to follow in the fifth.
A flurry of punches in the sixth round forced the Canadian to his knees again and it was clear he did not want to continue.
Molitor made it back to his feet but, with two minutes 21 seconds of the round gone, the referee called the contest off.
The victory takes Frampton's undefeated streak to 15 fights, and puts him in line for a possible shot at the world title in 2013 - with Crusaders' Seaview football ground mooted as a potential venue.
This guy is a fabulous young fighter. We intend to map it out and work towards a world title fight.
Manager Barry McGuigan
Barry McGuigan's protégé, who put his victory down to his preparation, promised the crowd he planned to have more fights on home soil.
"I want as many fights here in Belfast as possible," the Jackal said. "The crowd was amazing. I'm not far from a world title. I will fight anyone."
Analysing his easy win, the undefeated fighter said: "I think it's just all down to hard work. We trained really hard for this fight and we had to because Steve Molitor is a world class operator.
"I know I can hit hard - I've just got to land the shots. I didn't think he liked the pace that much - that's why I pushed so hard. I made him miss quite a lot (of punches)," he added.
"You're going to get people saying, you know they were saying, it was a step too far for Frampton but hopefully they'll not now say Molitor was finished because I don't think he was, I think I just did a good job on him.
"I was just on him the whole time - that was it really."
McGuigan said: "Steve Molitor is not a world champion two times over for no reason," he said. "He (Frampton) just ground him down and eventually he nailed him."
"He broke the guy down, and there's no doubt in my mind if he'd have got up he'd got knocked unconscious but he didn't want to continue he knew that those punches were really hurting him," McGuigan added.
"It was a great performance, he's not the finished article, you know we've got work to do and we've got fights to have before he fights for the big goal which is the world title."
Elsewhere Dungiven light-welterweight Paul McCloskey revived his own world title hopes with a morale-boosting points victory over durable American Manuel Perez.
McCloskey controlled the colorado-based fighter right from the opening bell and came close to stopping the contest with a superb flurry at the end of the ninth round, but Perez held on to ensure the fight went the distance.
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