- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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American fight fans will have a chance to see one of the best prospects from the United Kingdom -- junior featherweight Carl Frampton -- on Saturday.
ESPN3.com (4 p.m. ET) will carry live coverage of a tripleheader from Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The card is headlined by Frampton, a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, in a major step-up fight against former two-time world titlist Steve Molitor (34-2, 12 KOs) of Canada. Molitor, 32, is 4-0 so far fighting in the U.K., including when he won his first world title in 2006 via fifth-round knockout of Michael Hunter.
Frampton (14-0, 9 KOs), who is managed by Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan, will defend his Commonwealth title.
"He's European level and I'm world level -- and come fight night, everyone will realize that," Molitor said. "This is too soon for Frampton. He has never been in the ring with someone on my level. He is a good boxer, very aggressive, but he makes a lot of mistakes that I plan on capitalizing on. The plan is to win convincingly here against a young undefeated prospect, and that will put me in line for a world title."
Frampton, nicknamed "The Jackal," was originally supposed to face former European champion Kiko Martinez of Spain, but Martinez pulled out more than a month ago because of an injury and Molitor, a better opponent, took his place.
"[Molitor has] said a few things about me in the buildup, and he obviously likes to talk a bit. That's fine," Frampton said. "All that matters to me is victory on Saturday night and doing it in the best possible way for the fans. He won't have any friends in the arena on Saturday, and his words won't be able to help him then.
"I would love to fight him right now. I'm totally ready. This is a massive fight for me. I know that I am leaping up the levels to face Molitor, but I believe I have more than enough to cope with him, and this is the right time for me to prove I can cut it at the top."
ESPN3's coverage will also include two other fights: Wales' Lee Selby (13-1, 5 KOs) in a defense of his British and Commonwealth featherweight titles against Northern Ireland's Martin Lindsay (19-1, 7 KOs) and former junior welterweight title challenger Paul McCloskey (23-2, 12 KOs) of Northern Ireland meeting Manuel Perez (18-7, 4 KOs) of Denver.