23rd September 2012

Carl Frampton

Commonwealth champion Carl Frampton stepped up to the plate against Steve Molitor on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast and proved he has the talents to back up the praise and expectations that are being being heaped upon him by stopping Steve Molitor in round six.

Frampton, 25, was on top of the experienced former two time world champion from the outset and heaped more pressure and pain on the Canadian as the fight wore on.

Molitor just couldn’t live with the younger Frampton and his intensity of work. Molitor was eventually floored three times in the 6th, rising bravely each time, but was stopped with compassion by the referee and the delight of the new Belfast boxing star.

“It was good to get the win and I am delighted.” said Frampton afterwards.
“He is a two time world champion and I got the job done. I enjoyed the fight, the atmosphere and the win. It’s now upwards and onwards,”
Paul McCloskey boxed well to keep his World title dream alive with a dominant points win over Manuel Perez.
McCloskey looked in good from and got some good rounds under his belt over the 12 rounds distance.
“I did well but I was not at my best. said McCloskey afterwards.
“I lost my last fight so this will build up my confidence. I am happy with the win but there is more to come,”

Undercard results

Martin Lindsay outpointed Renald Garrido over 8 rounds 80-73 – Lee Selby had pulled out of the proposed British and Commonwealth title defence against Lindsay on the morning of the fight with flu.

Dee Walsh outpointed Robert Studzinski over 6 rounds – 60-54

Khalid Yafai outpointed Victor Koh over 6 rounds

Martin J. Ward outpointed Simas Volosinas over 4 rounds

Paddy Gallagher outpointed William Warburton over 4 rounds

Ben Mulligan lost to Mariusz Bak on points over four rounds 39-37.