I can cut it at the top! Frampton wants win over Molitor to earn chance at world title shot
21:59 GMT, 20 September 2012
Carl Frampton believes victory over Canadian Steve Molitor on Saturday will put him in line for a world title shot.
The 25-year-old returns to Belfast to face the former two-time world champion in what both men have billed as a make-or-break fight.
And Frampton, who defends his Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles, plans to make a statement of intent.
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Ready to step up: Carl Frampton is hoping to earn a world title shot
'He’s been where I want to get to but he’s had his time at the top, now it’s my turn,' he said. 'Beating a world class fighter like Steve Molitor puts me high in the rankings and in the running for a world title shot.
'This is a massive fight for me, I know that I am leaping up the levels to face Molitor but I believe I have more than enough to cope with him and this is the right time for me to prove I can cut it at the top.
'You want big names on your slate and he is definitely a big name. It’s going to be a lot better beating a guy like him than it was beating Prosper Ankrah.
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'It’s going to make people stand up and take notice. This is a 50-50 fight. People forget I’ve only had 15 fights.'
Meanwhile, Molitor, 32, admitted he will consider hanging up his gloves if he tastes defeat for a third time in his career.
'If I want to be a three-time world champion then I have to beat this kid,' he said. 'I have been out of the ring enjoying my life for ten months or so and on Saturday night you will see a new hungry Steve Molitor.
'If I cannot beat Carl then I will have to think about hanging them up as I will be saying that I cannot compete at world level now and as a two-time world champ I am used to that.'
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