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Nothing suggests Frampton won’t continue merciless path to the top

| 18.10.2013

It’s an exciting night for British boxing in Belfast and we have three previews for the highlights of the evening including Carl Frampton’s bout against Frenchman Jeremy Parodi.

Carl Frampton v Jeremy Parodi

Carl Frampton has openly admitted that the sum of his research on Jeremy Parodi ahead of their IBF world-title eliminator is watching the Frenchman on a television game show but that shouldn’t deter weighty investments on the Northern Irishman extending his record to 17-0.

The dilemma for punters is how to approach the bout with the unbeaten Frampton priced up at 1/25 to send the sold-out Odyssey Arena crowd home happy.

Parodi, ranked four in the world by the IBF has already played his part by pledging to supporters across the channel that he will be returning to Toulon with the belt.

The reality though, whether he knows it or not, is that it is a matter of when rather than if Frampton emerges victorious on the night.

Although his opponent has never been knocked out in 37 professional fights, of which he has only lost one, the calibre of those he has had faced is questionable, and with the Tiger Bay puncher boasting a 64.7 per cent knockout rate it’s likely that the 26-year-old will feel the thud of the canvas for the first time.

That being said, there is nothing in the Frenchman’s history – he has contested 247 rounds compared to Frampton’s 79 – that suggests he will be overawed so odds of 10/3 that it’s all over between 4-6 rounds stands out.

Any of the three individual rounds in that bracket is a 9/1 chance for those wanting a risk, something that those steaming in at 1/25 won’t be taking.

Marco McCullough vs Willie Casey

On the undercard Marco McCullough faces Willie Casey with the latter being commended in boxing circles for taking on a man many have been keen to avoid. McCullough has been touted as a future world champion by some shrewd pundits but the fact the pair have both been priced up at 10/11 reflects the unpredictability of a contest containing two fighters at the top of their game.

Eamonn O’Kane v Kerry Hope

Next on the card, 2010 Commonwealth gold medallist Eamonn O’Kane is 1/5 to win the biggest fight of his professional career against former European Champion Kerry Hope. O’Kane’s transition from the amateur game to the professional arena has not been as smooth as he would have anticipated with a bitterly disappointing reverse against John Ryder in a British title eliminator last year. However, the Northern Irishman has responded well since then and says he feels far better prepared – although at the current odds, backers will be investing as much faith as money.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Sam Foster