Carl Frampton has called on opponent Jeremy Parodi to make it a toe-to-toe war when they face each other tomorrow night in their world title eliminator, live on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch.546).
The two super-bantamweights will face off in front of a sold out 8,500 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, as the winner looks to catapult themselves into pole position for a chance at the IBF world title, currently held by Spain’s Kiko Martinez.
The pair weighed-in on Friday afternoon with Parodi up first tipping the scales at 121 pounds, he was then followed by the Ulsterman who also easily made the 122lb limit as he weighed-in half a pound inside at 121.5 pounds.
After hearing Parodi talk in midweek of trying to outbox him, Frampton believes the occasion will be a whole new experience for the man from Toulon and has urged him to give the fans a scrap to remember.
“It’s amazing to be fighting in front of a sold out arena. The atmosphere the last time was special against Kiko Martinez and I’m expecting it to be even better this time, there’s even more people in,” said Frampton.
“It’s going to get hostile for Parodi – he would have never seen anything like it before.
“He’s talking about that he wants to box me. If that’s the case, I’ll find a way to beat him, but I would like him to come and have a fight because that’s going to make it more interesting and exciting for the fans,” he added.
Frampton has admitted that once he takes care of business on Saturday night he has the desire to challenge the very best the world has to offer.
“I obviously want to box at home as much as possible but I would be telling lies if I said that I didn’t want to fight in America before my career was over,” he said.
“Rigondeaux is the main guy in the division, in my eyes, and everyone else’s eyes – he’s a hell of a fighter. He’s getting on a bit though and I’ll be ready to fight him in a couple of fights – I’m getting pretty close,” said Frampton.
“But a massive fight for me and one I’m licking my lips over is Leo Santa Cruz, I would love that fight – it would be a tear up. I think our styles would gel and it would be a candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’.
“I’m taking it one step at a time and after I get the job done on Saturday then we can talk about those guys,” he stated.
Frampton vs. Parodi is live on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch.546) from 7pm tonight Saturday 19th Oct. Subscribe online at www.boxnation.com.