'The best is yet to come', says Frampton

Published Friday, 29 August 2014
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Belfast boxer Carl Frampton knows he has his dream in his hands ahead of next weekend's world title fight.

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Work has begun on the purpose built 16,000 capacity stadium in the Titanic Quarter as Frampton prepares to take on Kiko Martinez for the IBF super-bantamweight title.

And as fight night draws closer, Frampton is picturing victory.

"It's going to be a dream come true," he said. "I started at seven years old, I've had my ups and downs and now I have the chance to become a world champion in Belfast in a stadium built for myself. It's what dreams are made of. It's going to be a special night.

"The ball's in my court and I'm not going to let anyone take this away from me."

There are good signs for the bumper Belfast crowd that will flock to the fight as Frampton reckons he is still improving.

"The best is yet to come," he said.

"I still don't think you've seen the best of me. I'm 27 and in the prime of my life but there's plenty more to come.

"I genuinely feel that I'm improving with every fight and every training camp."

Frampton and Martinez previously met in February 2013, when the north Belfast man became the only man to knock out the Spaniard when he punched his way to victory in the ninth round.

This time out, Frampton is looking to serve up another 6 September hammering as the fight will take place exactly eight years after Northern Ireland legend David Healy netted a hat-trick when Northern Ireland beat Spain 3-2 at Windsor Park.

"David is one of my heroes and hopefully he'll be at ringside. He scored that hat-trick and I'm going to do the job on this Spaniard as well," said a bullish Frampton.

Martinez has made two successful defences of the title he claimed last year but Frampton isn't planning on being the latest name on the list of defeated boxers.

"I know I have the power to knock out any bantamweight in the world," he said.

"He'll come forward and try and knock me out but it's up to me to stay switched on. As long as I do what I'm told and stay focused, there's only going to be one winner."

Frampton's London base has been a hive of activity in the build-up to the fight as he and trainer, nutritionist, friend and housemate Shane McGuigan continue the preparations.

"I leave no stone unturned in the gym and it shows on fight night. He is in the best shape," said Shane, son of Clones Cyclone Barry.

"I'm trying to apply my science to make the ultimate fighter and that's Carl. His strength, balance and power are coming up. One or two percent is a big difference."

Shane reckons Frampton is the man to "bring big time boxing back to Belfast and keep it there for a few years." The last man to do that, of course, was Shane's dad and he, as Carl's manager, isn't expecting an easy victory at the Titanic Quarter.

"(Kiko Martinez) really wants to redeem himself by beating Frampton up so Carl knows he has to be in 100% shape," said Barry McGuigan.

"He gave Carl the hardest fight of his career so far and we're expecting an equally hard one on 6 September.

"In the back of his mind though, he must know that the only man who has ever knocked him out or hurt him is Carl and we know that too.

"Carl knows what he has to do. He knows he's in for a hell of a fight and we have prepared him for that."

The fight will be screened around the world as Frampton's popularity in boxing circles is evident. McGuigan reckons he has caught the public imagination more than any Northern Irish boxer since a certain world featherweight champion.

He said: "It's in no way disparaging to the fighters that came after me but I don't think anyone has caught the imagination the way Carl has. He's a tremendous fighter. People who aren't boxing fans even like to follow him."

Before Frampton's headline fight next weekend, Dungiven's Eamonn O'Kane will box for the IBF intercontinental middleweight title against Lithuania's Virgilijus Stapulionis.

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6 Comments
tony in belfast wrote (47 days ago):
@franco...... paddy Barnes is too scared to turn pro. how much longer is he going to leave it... probably turn pro wen hes 30 LOL
Franco in Belfast wrote (51 days ago):
Frampton, what a guy, he's a world class fighter and the pride of NI, what I like about him in a human level is, he doesn't care about sectarianism he's a proud Ulster / Irish man and we all should shout his name with pride and his wee mate Paddy Barnes should also get the cheers another great character, come on lad show us your greatness
WALTER in EAST BELFAST. wrote (51 days ago):
GOOD LUCK CARL. KNOCK HIM OUT.
IVAN DRAGO in BELFAST wrote (51 days ago):
GO GET HIM CARL. WILL BE CHEERING YOU ALL THE WAY MATE. IMPOSE YOUR WILL ON HIM AND TAKE WHAT IS YOURS. DO UNTO THE MAN AS HE WOULD DO UNTO YOU....BUT DO IT FIRST! TRAIN HARD, WIN EASY. DO NOT LEAVE IT IN THE JUDGES HANDS. THATS ENOUGH FIGHTING CLICHES FOR NOW BUT PLEASE... 'BATE HIS BAG IN' ! LOL
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (51 days ago):
Heading up to fight next sat night heard what the atmosphere can be like for carl in smaller venues ! So 16,000 mad irish fight fans will be one of those nights that go down in history ! And no doubt we will have a nothern irish world champ ! Roll on next weekend ! Come on the jackal
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