Carl Frampton Vs Jeremy Parodi – 19th October 2013

Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

EBU (European) super bantamweight title
IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight title

Things have changed on the scene since Frampton last entered the ring, Kiko Martinez who Frampton put in a sensational performance against to stop in the 9th round, is now IBF world champion and long discussed rival and possible future opponent Scott Quigg now holds a version of WBA’s world “world” title, Frampton can certainly feel optimistic in terms of his marker in the division and a shot at the IBF title imminent against a man he has already beaten should he overcome the Frenchman this weekend.

Parodi is a game opponent, he will likely come to fight, however offensively he isn’t the most powerful and given the fact Frampton was able to stand and trade at times with a big puncher like Kiko Martinez in his last fight you do wonder whether Parodi will be able to earn Framptons respect.

Parodi has never been stopped in a 37 fight career and has only suffered one defeat in that time, however he has also never fought outside of France, and he has never stepped in the ring with the quality he is about to on Saturday night.

Frampton has great reflexes, hand speed and can really dig and i don’t see him having any issues in this fight in terms of winning the fight, for me the question is more how he is going to win it, i can certainly see Frampton outing early in this one.

While there is a chance we could see some sort of shutout type victory on the cards for Frampton, i am expecting him to dazzle more than dither, it may take a few rounds but i expect by the midway point in this fight Frampton will know what he needs to know about Parodi and begin landing at will and in that situation i do not believe Parodi has the offense to keep the jackal tamed.

Bwin have the fight less than 9 rounds priced up at 11/13, this means if we don’t see the 10th round we are onto a winner and i think at that price its worth backing.

ATR’s Bet – £50 on less than 9 rounds 11/13 bwin