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Ricky Hatton Views Frampton as The Next UK Superstar

Former world champion Ricky Hatton has tipped rising star Carl Frampton for greatness after admitting he sees himself in the Irish ace.

The Belfast super-bantamweight became the first man to stop tough Frenchman Jeremy Parodi on Saturday night to earn himself a world title shot early next year.

Frampton's star appeal was made even more apparent after the Ulsterman sold out Northern Ireland's biggest indoor venue, the Odyssey Arena, with 8,500 tickets snapped up for what was only his 17th professional bout.

Hatton has now added his name to the long list of admirers, believing the man dubbed "The Jackal "has all the attributes to not only win a world title but cement his place amongst the greatest Irish fighters ever.

"Frampton hasn't won the world title yet but he's on the door knocking. You never think it's going to happen but [starting off] I wanted to emulate my heroes like Barry McGuigan, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Naseem Hamed, whose undercards I was boxing on at the time," Hatton told Box Nation.

"I think Carl is a world champion in waiting, with the ability he has and the improvements he keeps making. He has the potential to be up there with some of the greatest boxers Ireland has ever had."

The former two-weight world champion enjoyed an illustrious career having tested himself against the very best, including superfights against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and Filipino bulldozer Manny Pacquiao.

The Mancunian's ability as a ticket seller was legendary but with Frampton's ever growing fanbase, coupled with his desire to challenge the very best around, Hatton believes that they are two boxers cut from the same cloth.

"The thing I like about Carl is that I see very much of myself in him because of his ambition," said Hatton.

"I didn't just want to be a world champion I wanted to be the best in the division. Then when I became the best in the division I wanted to become the best in another weight division and then the best pound-for-pound.

"You can see that Carl has that same fearless hunger. As long as you have that fearless hunger you have half a chance, but Carl has more than just half a chance - he will most definitely become a world champion."

"Saturday was about opening the door for a world title shot, taking no chances, doing the job and impressing. There's no easy fight at this level but he's ready now.

"Every promoters going to want to deal with him when you see the crowds he pulls in everytime he fights in Belfast now."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PJB on 12-15-2013

[QUOTE=Daveros;13864427]''those born in northern ireland are irish'' funny I was born in N.Ireland yet my passport says Nationality: British.... I'm well aware that Paddy Barnes is his best man at the wedding, the fact he was on Ringside wearing a…

Comment by D-MiZe on 10-22-2013

[QUOTE=Daveros;13864427]''those born in northern ireland are irish'' funny I was born in N.Ireland yet my passport says Nationality: British.... I'm well aware that Paddy Barnes is his best man at the wedding, the fact he was on Ringside wearing a…

Comment by Daveros on 10-22-2013

''those born in northern ireland are irish'' funny I was born in N.Ireland yet my passport says Nationality: British.... I'm well aware that Paddy Barnes is his best man at the wedding, the fact he was on Ringside wearing a…

Comment by CraigM on 10-21-2013

Hutton forgets that frampton has a bad combination of manager and promoter [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Comment by Mr Ehrmantraut on 10-21-2013

In Northern Ireland, Catholics = Irish, Protestants = British.

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