Frampton ready for Molitor

Published Monday, 20 August 2012
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Carl Frampton will move a step closer to a shot at a world title if he can beat two times former champion Steve Molitor at the Odyssey next month.

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Molitor, from Canada, has stepped into the breach as Frampton defends his Intercontinental and Commonwealth titles next month at the Odyssey Arena.

The fight was arranged after the European champion Kiko Martinez pulled out his scheduled title defence against the Belfast man for a second time.

Carl Frampton spoke to UTV about the scrapped bout saying he was "gutted - but not too surprised" when it had to be cancelled.

"I wouldn't say we expected him to pull out - but we had an idea there was a chance it would've happened.

"I didn't want this to happen - I would've loved to get that fight with him."

He continued: "I don't think we'll ever fight [each other] again.

"What promoter is going to run the risk of putting that fight on if there is always a chance that he is going to pull out.

"I think I would have been the first man to stop him actually so I am a bit disappointed but we have got this new guy, Steve who is a great opponent."

Frampton added that next month's match will be a tougher , better fight for him than the cancelled bout against Martinez.

Barry McGuigan, the Belfast boxer's manager, told UTV that he is convinced the 25-year-old can beat the Canadian.

"Now we are not interested in taking fights where we know we can win.

"This is an opponent who comes with a formidable reputation, with great credentials and this is the stage in Carl's career where he needs to step up to the plate."

Frampton v Molitor takes place at the Odyssey Arena on 22 September.

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