Fighter Profile – Carl Frampton
By Marc Gorman (Aug 30th, 2013)
“The Jackal”, Carl Frampton of Tigers Bay in Belfast has emerged as one of the genuine world Super Bantamweight contenders in the last 12 months. Frampton has amassed a 16 (11KO) – 0 record with impressive wins over former IBF champ Steve Molitor and current IBF champion Kiko Martinez.
Frampton is managed by former 126lb WBA belt holder Barry McGuigan and trained by his son Shane. Under McGuigan senior’s guidance he has made excellent progress through the ultra competitive super bantamweight division with clever matchmaking and steady progress. Carl has superb amateur pedigree with just eight losses in over one hundred bouts.
Up to this point in his career “The Jackal” had been improving all the time with each outing. His last win coming via TKO of Kiko Martinez (who has since won the IBF title from Jonathan Romero). Martinez, while beatable, had never been stopped. The extremely durable Spaniard had been out boxed by Frampton off the back foot from the opening bell with decent defence (although sometimes leaky) and hit and run tactics. All the time Carl was mindful of Martinez’ crude but dangerous power. He looked to walk through what Frampton had to offer until the ninth when Carl, looking very fluid and relaxed launched a left-right-left combo which sent Martinez to the canvas. Barely able to stand after eight, the contest was stopped.
Carl damaged his ear drum during the Martinez fight and was ruled out of his subsequent fight by the British boxing board of control. He is now scheduled to fight the pillow fisted Jeremy Parodi 35(space needed)(9KO)-1-1. While Carl is fed fodder such as Parodi, his fellow 122lb British contenders such as Bury’s Scott Quigg 26-0 is now fighting Yoandis Salinas for the WBA “regular” title. Quigg recently moved from Hatton Promotions to Matchroom after being idle (albeit in superb shape) since his destruction of Rendall Munroe.
Carl now finds himself in a position where he is on the cusp of challenging for that elusive world title shot that he so desperately craves. He is on the brink of what he has dreamed about as a boy ever since he laced up a pair of gloves for the first time all those years ago. Essentially there now only stands one man in his way, a French man by the name of Jeremy Parodi. Carl is due to take on Parodi on October 19th in his beloved Belfast where his adoring fans will once again have a chance to see their hero in action.
Parodi as an opponent comes into the fight with an impressive record having only ever been beaten on the one occasion (30-1-1). He will be hungry for his world title shot too and make no mistake Carl will have to be on his game in order to get passed this final hurdle on route to finally getting his world title shot, which ironically could be against a man he has previously beaten in Kiko Martinez, in the aftermath of Kiko’s stunning upset KO victory over Jonathon Romero recently.
One thing is for sure, the future is certainly very bright for Belfast’ boxing sensation – Carl “The Jackal” Frampton.
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