European super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton is set to put his title on the line for the first time on October 19 in Belfast against Frenchman Jermeny Parodi, WBN has learned this week.
The hard-hitting Irishman, who was denied a summer bout by the British board due to an ear injury, will now get back the ring in the autumn as ‘The Jackal’ heads towards a world title fight in 2014, possibly against rival Scott Quigg.
Frampton, 26, last fought in February when defeating Kiko Martinez for the blue belt at 122lbs, although the Spaniard has since gone on to claim a shot at the IBF title this weekend as the Belfast man frustratingly awaited his next move.
Opponent Parodi, also 26, a former French title holder, holds a 35-1-1 record – with speculation mounting that the clash will be an eliminator for a world championship as both fighters currently hold a fringe version of the IBF belt.
The Toulon fighter, who has only stopped nine in those 35 victories, lost a majority decision to Arsen Martirosyan in 2010, having been held to a draw earlier in his career against the unheralded Guillaume Tajan, a foe he had already beaten.
Belfast’s famed Odyssey Arena is early favourite to stage the bout, which will be shown live on BoxNation – with the rest of the card currently in the works as Frampton makes a welcome return.