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Frampton Expects a Real Nottingham Battle With Hirales

At Nottingham's Capital FM Arena on Saturday night, Carl Frampton battles it out for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title against fellow unbeaten youngster Raul Hirales from Mexico as the chief support to Carl Froch's IBF World super middleweight title challenge to Lucian Bute.

And and the Cobra believes Frampton can underline his potential with an impressive display.

Frampton is 13-0 with nine wins inside the distance and the Commonwealth champion looks set to fight for major honours later in the year.

The 25 year old is on a collision course with European champ Kiko Martinez and he believes a win in his toughest test to date on Saturday will seal the deal.

"A good win here and it could lead to a good ranking in the IBF and then you can start plotting a route to the world title," said Frampton. "There are guys out there on the World stage that I am not yet ready for, but there's not many in that category, only a handful. I believe I'm the best in Britain and in Europe and I want to get the chance to prove that.

"It means a lot that Carl rates me - I'm a huge fan of his and there is so much to admire about him, both the way he boxes and his approach to the sport in general.

"He only fights the best and his record reads like a who's who of the best boxers in the world. That must be the blueprint for all fighters and it's certainly the route I want to take.

"I know Carl's fans really got behind Kell Brook when he was the chief support for his Super Six Final in Atlantic City and I hope that they like the look of me and give me a great reception. I can assure them I will pay them back in the ring.

"Hirales comes to fight and he meets you head on which is what I want to face, someone to come and fight me - I don't feel like anyone has actually done that so far and it's frustrating because I haven't been able to show my best."

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