THE Northern Ireland Commonwealth boxing Team have high gold hopes as they prepare for ring action in Glasgow, but Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Steven Donnelly are adamant Carl Frampton will deliver pinnacle world boxing success in his home town on September 6.
‘The Jackal’ renews acquaintances with Kiko Martinez in the Titanic Quarter on what proves to be a massive night for Irish boxing and the talented trio, who have been tipped for medal success in the upcoming Commonwealths, have all backed the Belfast Boy to dethrone the reigning IBF World super bantamweight champion.
Speaking to the Belfast Newsletter London 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Conlan – whose brother Jamie will fight on the Titanic Showdown undercard- believes Frampton will stop Martinez to claim the title.
“It was fight the last time and it was nip and tuck until the knock-out. But I think Carl has improved massively since the last fight and Kiko has only improved slightly.
“Kiko is a brawler and can’t change and I think Carl will put him down late on.”
Barnes, a close friend of Framptons, is predicting the same result.
“Carl win and stop Kiko at some stage. I am really excited about that fight and it will be a great night for boxing in Belfast.
Meanwhile Donnelly echoed Barnes and Conlan’s predictions.
“We are all going and Carl will win. It will tough but he the tools to get the job done.”