This Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast talented super bantamweight prospect Carl Frampton faces his toughest test to date. Former IBF world champion Steve Molitor is next up for the hometown favourite.
This represents another very tough fight for Frampton who looks determined to prove himself the hard way. With several very good domestic level wins under his belt and only 14 fights into his professional career, Molitor represents a fast step up to world level. Should he be victorious, Frampton will have proved he is more than just a prospect. He has the skill, the speed, the power and the determination in the ring to be the winner.
Steve Molitor shouldn’t be counted out just yet though. He has only lost on two occasions and to two of the best fighters of his division. He will see this as an opportunity to get right back into the limelight. A win will prove he isn’t finished yet.
I think it would be foolish for Molitor to be taken lightly but I think Frampton’s team will have done their homework. I think Frampton will showcase his talents to the world and get an impressive late stoppage.
VERDICT: Frampton wins by TKO 10.
On the undercard, British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Lee Selby faces another tough contest in former British champion Martin Lindsay. Both fighters are among the best in Europe and will both see this fight as being a step closer to a potential world title fight.
Selby has been on an impressive run of late and will be a worthy favourite to win but with Lindsay fighting in front of his home fans he will be determined to put on a superb performance. This fight could prove to be a lot closer than the betting odds may suggest.
Both fighters have talent, both have experience and both are willing to go to war to win.
Selby will have to put on a career best performance to be successful in Belfast this weekend but I think he is capable. However, don’t write off Lindsay just yet.
VERDICT: Selby wins by TKO 11.
Also, Paul McCloskey should pull off a points victory over tough-chinned and experienced Manuel Perez.
Finally, in Denmark local favourite Cecicila Braekhus will face her toughest fight to date as she defends her welterweight titles against the hard hitting Anne Sophie Mathis. She will need to avoid getting into a brawl with the tough French fighter as the latter will have every chance in the world of victory if that happens.
Braekhus will be best off standing off Mathis and jabbing her way to an impressive decision victory.
VERDICT: Braekhus wins by UD.