Carl Frampton won't underestimate opponent Kris Hughes when he defends his Commonwealth super bantamweight title on Saturday. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton is adamant that he won't look past opponent Kris Hughes when he defends his Commonwealth super-banthamweight title tomorrow night live on Skysports.
Frampton stopped Mark Quon inside four rounds to win the title last year, and since then has been linked with British Champion Scott Quigg and Kiko Martinez.
The 24-year-old will take on Hughes, who has already fought for the title when he narrowly lost to Jamie Arthur. But despite the constant links to a future fight with Quigg, Frampton is focused on Hughes and nothing else.
He's a tall awkward southpaw, he may be hard to get to for a while. But he's been saying a few things to reporters and online that I'm not worth the hype and so on. That's the sort of thing that motivates me so he's probably made his first mistake there as that will give me extra drive. I had a look at his record and there's nothing much to shout about there. He's a big lad and he's boxed at featherweight and super featherweight and above that as well. I don't know where that comment came from but there you go.
This is a really big year and there are other fights out there besides Quigg and Martinez. But I'm totally focused on tonight - I've read things where he's said he thinks we've overlooked him and are looking at fights beyond tonight, but that is not the case. Everything around the camp has been geared for him and I couldn't be in better shape.
Saturday's fight between Frampton and Hughes takes place at Bethnal Green's York Hall, but Frampton isn't concerned about fighting 'away' from his home city of Belfast.
It would have been great to have fought in Belfast but I've boxed here before and it's a great venue. There's a lot of boxing fans in the area and they know their stuff so you are always guaranteed a good crowd. John Ryder is on the bill too and he's a big ticket seller and I'll have a lot here too, so I hope it's a sell-out and that there's a great atmosphere as it always gives you that extra push and we can put on a great show.
It's great to be topping the bill, a massive opportunity to showcase my talents and it's a tough task.
My prediction is Frampton to take charge into the middle rounds and get a points win. For a more in depth look at the fight on Saturday - take a look at Dave Oakes' preview of the fight.