The result was never in doubt in Belfast, Ireland on Saturday. The Odyssey Arena cheered their favorite son Carl "The Jackal" Frampton (17-0, 12 KO) as he easily outclassed Jeremy Parodi (35-2-1) in an IBF super bantamweight eliminator bout.
Frampton stopped Parodi in the sixth round with a vicious left hand to the body.
The Irish crowd was in a frenzy from the beginning of the event. The roof really came off when Frampton entered the ring led by his manager and Irish boxing legend Barry McGuigan.
Box Nation’s Official Twitter account talks about the atmosphere at the Odyssey.
The fight may have ended suddenly, but Frampton was battering the overmatched young man from France the entire night. He was quicker, more accurate and clearly the stronger fighter.
Before the knockout occurred, Frampton had damaged Parodi's left eye with a steady diet of hard right hands. Ryan Bivins, aka Sweet Boxing, tweets his thoughts on the fight and the result.
Carl Frampton KO6 Jeremy Parodi #boxing Body shot knockout. Mismatch from start to finish.— Ryan Bivins (@sweetboxing) October 19, 2013
Frampton came into the fight as the man expected to emerge victorious. Parodi had only nine KOs in his career. True to the script, he lacked the power to slow Frampton’s assault. With Parodi dispatched, Frampton has his eyes set on a shot at the IBF super bantamweight title.
Who will Frampton face next?
Before the fight, he was ranked third by the IBF. The win has him in line to challenge the winner of the IBF super bantamweight title bout featuring champion, Kiko Martinez and Jeffrey Mathebula in December. Frampton will probably be rooting for Martinez to retain his title considering he just KO’d him in his last fight.
Frampton couldn’t have been in a much better situation coming into Saturday night’s event. He had an opponent he had clearly outmatched in front of him. All he had to do was win to potentially get a shot at the world title, one held by someone he's already beaten. a man he’s already beaten is holding onto.
After doing his part, Frampton must wait to see who he’ll face when he gets a shot at his first world title.
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