Boxing: Carl Frampton aiming for world title


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Carl Frampton has admitted he is looking for a world title fight after retaining his European super-bantamweight title against Frenchman Jeremy Parodi on Saturday night.

The Northern Irishman delighted the home crowd at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena as a left-handed body shot in the sixth round proved enough to beat the Frenchman as well as stretch his unbeaten run to 17 bouts, which includes 12 wins by KO.

The clash had been billed as an IBF world title eliminator and Frampton dominated throughout proceedings, leading him to declare on Box Nation after his win: “I feel great. Every super-bantamweight in the world, I am coming for you.”

Promoter Barry McGuigan is now likely to seek a major title contest for the 26-year-old Frampton, who handed Parodi only his second defeat in 38 contests.

Frampton could face a rematch against current IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez, a man he defeated by knockout back in February to secure the European crown.

The Spaniard picked up the IBF title by beating Jonathan Romero in the sixth round of a clash in August. Martinez is set to defend his title against Jeffrey Mathebula on December 21 and provided he gets through that bout, Frampton could face Martinez again at some point in the New Year.

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