Television: BoxNation (United Kingdom)
Time: 6:00PM GMT / 2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT
EBU (European) super bantamweight title
IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight title
Carl Frampton 16(11)-0 vs. Jeremy Parodi 35(9)-1-1
If anyone doubts that Frampton is world-rated, watch his fight against future IBF titlist Kiko Martinez.
In that fight, Frampton put on a boxing masterclass against Martinez. Then when Martinez got too aggressive for his own good, Frampton countered him — dramatically sending him to the canvas.
That’s a tremendous achievement but let’s look at Frampton’s resume further. He has wins over Steve Molitor, Raul Hirales, Prosper Ankrah, and Kris Hughes. These are great names and puts Frampton within the top 10 of the super bantamweight division.
Be that as it may, Frampton is still a prospect — and though he’s good enough to fight for a world title, he’s still in the building stages of his career.
Hence why he’s fighting Parodi.
Now I don’t feel Parodi is the same calibre of fighter that Frampton is. However, Parodi is the kind of fighter Frampton should fight if he wants to solidly establish himself as a contender.
Since his MD loss to Arsen Martirosyan, Parodi as won his 7 fights. Wins on his ledger include victories over Genaro Camargo, William Prado, Franklin Teran, Damir Bulatov, and Fabrizio Trotta. These aren’t fighters who are anywhere elite but they’re legitimate on the European continental scene.
This will be Frampton’s first EBU title defense. If it’s successful, he will firmly establish himself on the European continental level — in which case, I say he should move towards real title contention soon.
Prediction: Frampton by KO6.
Vacant BBBofC Celtic middleweight title
Eamonn O’Kane 10(3)-1 vs. Kerry Hope 18(1)-5
This is a decent domestic dust-up. The United Kingdom has a lot of talent in the middleweight division and both O’Kane and Hope are in the mix.
Last year, O’Kane lost by TKO8 to John Ryder. Since then, he’s won his last two fights — with the best win being a rematch against Anthony Fitzgerald. While the previous fight was an SD win, O’Kane made the rematch more decisive.
Hope is mostly known for winning an upset against Grzegorz Proksa — thereby becoming the EBU titlist. He then fought a rematch and lost by TKO8. Last December, he got the chance to fight current IBF titlist Darren Barker but also lost by TKO4.
Hence, it looks like the win over Proksa was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence — an overachievement if you will. Even so, a win over O’Kane would resuscitate is badly sagging career.
Prediction: O’Kane by UD.