Carl Frampton to bring good days back to Belfast

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Carl Frampton, the 27-year-old unbeaten super-bantamweight, is in preparation to bring the glory days back to Belfast.

'The Jackal' currently holds a record of 18 wins with 13 by way of knockout and has built up a huge fanbase in Northern Ireland.

His fights draw the type of crowd that most boxers can only dream of with deafening cheers for Frampton and boos for his opponent.

The noise from his supporters is just incredible and must be terrifying for opponents to have to walk into. Scenes of a gladiator walking into the Coliseum seem comparable with a crowd thirsty for blood.

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Comparisons with McGuigan

Frampton is reminiscent of his manager the legendary Barry McGuigan who is much loved by boxing fans and the general public alike. Frampton is trained by McGuigan's son Shane who is unusually younger than the man who he trains.

Frampton and Shane have a great relationship and training is focused around old-school boxing as well as a deep scientific root. Such a regime has resulted in Frampton having a body fat percentage of only two percent.

Frampton has looked to be a real talent so far as a professional and will be incredibly confident of winning the IBF world title this weekend in Belfast against previous opponent Kiko Martinez.

They will square-off in a purpose built 16,000 capacity arena which will be rocking with excitement come fight night.

Martinez fought Frampton in February of last year and was stopped in the ninth round. Frampton gained the European title in this tough fight but has faced frustrating times since.

Frampton looking for title shot

Frampton has been looking for a title shot and has fought final eliminators but the man who he beat has gone on to gain a world title.

To see someone you have beaten go on and claim a world title before you must be extremely hard to accept and that must be something motivating Frampton coming into this fight.

Martinez winning the title came as a surprise to many as he was expected to come off second best against the then champion Jhonatan Romero. Romero was poor on the night and Martinez claimed the stoppage win in the sixth round.

Martinez is a tough and rugged fighter who looks to pile on the pressure constantly. Frampton in contrast is a very slick mover with good power. He is technically very good and looks like a classy operator.

Martinez in fine form

Martinez is a man on a fine run of form with four straight knock outs and with 23 knock outs on his record to date he represents a dangerous fight for the unbeaten Frampton.

British boxing fans are praying that Frampton comes through this fight and claims the world title because then a potentially huge domestic fight with Scott Quigg could take place.

There is a good rivalry between the two men and there would be massive interest in the fight as fans have been waiting for this for a while now already.

Both men are popular fighters and a big crowd would be drawn to such a fight. It would be one of just a number of top domestic fights which will hopefully take place over the next year with the likes of Brook v Khan and Bellew v Cleverly.

Frampton told reporters: "This is the world title fight I’ve spent 20 years working towards. It’s hard to believe I was just seven when I started boxing but I’ve put everything of myself into it. So this is going to be a huge night and it’s why I want to win so much."

Frampton has all the skill and determination to become a world champion this weekend and I am backing him to do so via a late stoppage.

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