Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Carl Frampton and Steve Molitor went head-to-head for the first time today ahead of their show topping clash at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday night and both men said the fight was a make-or-break night in their careers. Frampton defends his Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles against the two-time World champion and the hometown star believes a world title shot could be the next step if he deals with the Canadian in style.
“He’s been where I want to get to but he’s had his time at the top, now it’s my turn,” said Frampton, 2-7 with Betfair to beat Molitor. “Beating a World class fighter like Steve Molitor puts me high in the rankings and in the running for a World title shot.”
Molitor told today’s press conference at the Odyssey Arena that he may hang up the gloves if he does not beat the 25 year old. “If I want to be a three-time World champion then I have to beat this kid,” said Molitor, 11-4 to rip the titles from Frampton. “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.”