European super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton made a successful defence of his title, but more importantly clinched a shot at the IBF title with a dominant victory over Jeremy Parodi in Belfast.
‘The Jackal’ came out firing from the first bell landing right hands at will as the smaller-looking Parodi felt the full force and range of Frampton’s extended repertoire, with the fight seeming a sheer formality almost immediately.
Round after round of punishment was dished out by Frampton and credit to Parodi as he refused to go down through the first five rounds – despite shipping some sickening blows to his face and body.
In the sixth, the 26 year-old Irishman stepped up his work on the battered Parodi and following a sweet left to the ribs, the Frenchman took a knee before being counted out by the Italian referee.
Frampton was simply irresistible throughout the contest and will have certainly struck a chord with some of the division’s top operators as a shot at the winner of the IBF title contest between old foe Kiko Martinez and Jeffrey Mathebula on December 21 beckons.
On the undercard, Eamonn O’Kane out-pointed former European middleweight champion Kerry Hope 118-111, 116-112 and 114-113 to pick up a fringe version of the IBF title, whilst Marco McCullough stopped Willie Casey in the ninth round to claim the vacant Irish featherweight title.
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