Exciting Northern Irish star Carl Frampton made easy work of challenger Jeremy Parodi stopping the Frenchman with a left hook to the body in round six after dominating the fight throughout at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday night.
Frampton, 26, defending his European and IBF Inter-Continental titles took his unbeaten record to 17-0, 12KOs and stands on the cusp of a world title shot. This fight was also billed as a IBF world title eliminator and Frampton looks ready and able to mix it with the best super-bantamweights in the world.
The big home Belfast crowd got behind their man at the Odyssey Arena and Frampton obliged, sending the faithful home happy with a composed purposeful display. This was Frampton’s first fight in eight months, but looked like the lay off had no effect, he was in great shape and took the fight to his challenger from the first bell, always on the front foot and forcing the action.
Frampton came out of the blocks with intent and quickly took control of the contest. Parodi (35-2-1, 9KOS) was on the receiving end of some accurate jabs and hurtful combinations from the off, but he bravely stuck in there even though he looked way out of his depth at times and the left hook to the body from Frampton looked like a select weapon of choice early.
Parodi was starting to show the effects of Frampton’s shots and a cut appeared above his left eye from the early punishment he took. The champion was stepping up the pace cutting the ring well and his right crosses started to get through with effect. Then in the fourth round a big left hook rocked Parodi and sent him staggering backwards, the writing looked on the wall now and was only a matter of time.
Frampton began to turn up the heat and he wasn’t going to let Parodi off the hook, stepping up the pace, shifting through the gears and smelling victory, he stalked his wounded foe. Parodi was brave and took some hefty digs before eventually succumbing to the pressure.
It was the left hook to the body in round six which landed sweet and forced Parodi to take a knee and that was where he remained for the referees full count.
“I feel great, I have a message for all the super-bantamweights in the world. I’m coming for you.” said Frampton after the fight.
A fight with domestic rival Scott Quigg (26-0-2, 19KOs) who holds the WBA world title is in the works after both parties eventually agreed to have talks
Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn last week said he had made an offer for Frampton to fight Quigg next spring. A big domestic match-up between the two undefeated world class boxers is one of the biggest domestic fights out there and would push the winner into massive unification fights with the likes of Leo Santa Cruz and Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Quigg, 25, defends his newly acquired world title on November 23rd on the undercard for the Carl Froch’s world title defence against George Groves at the Manchester Arena after recently signing with Hearns Matchroom Sport.
“We have made a huge offer to Frampton’s licensed manager and promoter Barry McGuigan for Carl to fight Scott in March on Sky Sports, and are looking forward to opening talks in the coming weeks,” Hearn said.
Although it is also understood Frank Warren, on whose TV channel Frampton is contracted to appear following a deal with McGuigan earlier this year, had offered Hearn a February fight for Quigg to appear on the BoxNation network.
If Frampton does get his hands on a world title and Quigg remains an unbeaten world champion, then the possibility of them both meeting in 2014 as two undefeated world champions would be fantastic and a domestic dream fight.
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Other results on the Belfast undercard
Former European middleweight champion Kerry Hope was narrowly outpointed by Eamonn O’Kane in a fight for the vacant IBF Inter-continental belt with judges scores reflecting a tight affair 114-113, 116-112 and 118-111 all for O’ Kane after a hard rugged contest.
Jamie Conlan W KO1 Walter Rojas
Marco McCullough W TKO 9 Willie Casey
Ryan Burnett W TKO 2 Reynaldo Cajina
James Tennyson L KO 5 Pavels Senkovs