Frampton targets boxing not Hollywood sucess
By Jonny Stapleton
CARL Frampton may not have the kind of back story that would one day ensure his life is turned into a movie, but he believes he has the talent to one day buckle a world title around his waist- and he claims defeating Raul Hirales this weekend would put him on course to ensure that boxing happy ending is in his career script.
Frampton got exposed to the Hollywood lifestyle earlier in the week as he worked the red
carpet at the UK Premiere of “Klitschko” at the Empire Cinema in London.
The popular Belfast pro gets a taste of a different kind of the big time this Saturday when he provides chief support to Carl Froch’s and Lucian Bute’s massive super middleweight title fight – and its in that setting he thinks he could become a star.
Whilst the he watched the world champion brothers impress on the big screen this week he is aware that he will be on the small screen in living rooms in 20 countries around the world thiw weekend- and he plans to put on a show.
The confident yet humble fighter was too shy to introduce himself to either brother at he film launch but he enjoyed the experience.
“It was brilliant. It was a good show. I didn’t get to talk to either of them or get a picture with them, but it was a good experience,” Frampton said before being asked about a possible movie of his own.
“Maybe? I don’t think my story would be as good as theirs, but you never know!” he added before turning his attention to the action this weekend.
“This is a big oppurtuinity for me this weekend. i fight on the under card of Carl Froch and Lucian Bute’s world title fight. The show is broadcast in 20 countries around the world and it is a chance for me to impress. A good win here and it could lead to a good ranking in the IBF and then you can start plotting a route to the World title. There are guys out there on the World stage that I am not yet ready for, but there’s not many in that category, only a handful. I believe I’m the best in Britain and in Europe and I want to get the chance to prove that.”
Throughout his 13 fight career Frampton as been billed as favourite. He has fought a number of opponents who have survival as a priority. That all changes this weekend as Hirales, who is unbeaten in 16, comes to England to win and ‘Brickfists’ couldn’t be happier.
“Hirales comes to fight and he meets you head on which is what I want to face, someone to come and fight me – I don’t feel like anyone has actually done that so far and it’s frustrating because I haven’t been able to show my best.”