CARL Frampton produced a sensational display at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday to claim the Commonwealth super-bantamweight title.
‘The Jackal’ stopped Australia’s Mark Quon after 1.11 of the fourth round of their contest that was chief support to Paul McCloskey’s points victory over Breidis Prescott.
A stunning overhand right had Quon on the floor at the beginning of the round and after a bombardment of heavy shots, referee Terry O’Connor called a halt to the contest.
Frampton is hopeful this victory, in only his eleventh outing, can pave the way for bigger match-ups in the future.
“It feels great to be a Commonwealth champion in only my eleventh fight. We have got the title now and that brings a bit of clout with it so we can start getting big fights now,” said the delighted Tigers Bay man after.
“I have to give Mark a lot of credit because he stepped up to the plate at short notice and took the fight but it was comfortable enough.
“We have got this title now so whoever wants to come and take it off me is welcome to do that. We have to sit down and talk about that but we want to be getting big fights.”
One possible opponent for Frampton is Scott Quigg. The Bury fighter was at ringside and said he would be happy to take on Frampton should he win his British title fight with Jason Booth next month.
“He says that but I have been saying that for years now,” argued Frampton.
“If he beats Jason Booth – which is a tricky fight for him – then he will have the British title and we could fight for both then. ”
The Gerry Storey trained pugilist showed he had learned from the Robbie Turley contest as he displayed patience from the first bell before going through the gears.
The large crowd certainly appreciated the effort from the local favourite and ‘Carlos’ said he thoroughly enjoyed boxing in such a carnival atmosphere.
“It was unbelievable and they (the crowd) made some noise. It was a big occasion and that is what I have dreamed of since I was a wee boy,” he added.
“The more of these nights the better and I can’t wait to do it all again.”