History-making fight awaits Frampton, but Traynor is gunning for big upset

Carl Frampton is on the verge of a fight to secure his legacy.

The two-weight world champion could become Ireland’s first ever three-division king if he can conquer Jamel Herring for the WBO super-featherweight belt.

However, he is risking it all live on talkSPORT this Saturday night against Darren Traynor.

History-making fight awaits Frampton, but Traynor is gunning for big upset

It’s a must-win for Frampton this weekend

On the Wednesday of fight week Frampton shares a media call with US co-promoter Bob Arum, who confirms there is a date set for the Herring fight in November.

The following morning, he speaks to talkSPORT.com inside the hotel quarantine ‘bubble’ in London.

“No added pressure, I was confident the fight was gonna happen at some point,” Frampton says of the news.

“It’s just good to have it as good as nailed in. It’s a fight that’s a hard ask for me, a tough task but I believe I can win.”

History-making fight awaits Frampton, but Traynor is gunning for big upset

Herring awaits Frampton’s challenge

Saturday’s bout will take place behind closed doors at York Hall with COVID-19 protocols in place preventing fans from attending.

This is a slight disappointment for Frampton, who is used to having one of the strongest crowds in boxing throwing every punch with him in Belfast.

“It’s gonna be strange, isn’t it? I think it’ll be strange the approach in the arena when there’s no noise.

“Once you get into the ring, I don’t think it’s gonna feel that alien. You’re focussed on the fight, you’re focussed on the opponent who’s trying to knock you out across the ring.

“I’d prefer there to be a crowd, but Darren Traynor’s also boxing in front of a crowd so it’s gonna be strange for him too.”

History-making fight awaits Frampton, but Traynor is gunning for big upset

Frampton’s supporters have followed him across the Atlantic

Traynor sees it differently however, and is honest about feeling relief that he doesn’t have to endure the atmosphere as an away fighter.

“I think it’s gonna be less pressure because crowds can interfere with you and bother you.” he admits.

“The crowd does get to you sometimes, especially if you’re underdog.

“But I don’t think it’ll be any different because when you’re in a ring, it’s just you and your opponent in the ring. That’s all you focus on.”

History-making fight awaits Frampton, but Traynor is gunning for big upset

Traynor has three defeats on his record

Frampton previously unified world titles at super-bantamweight before moving up to claim a belt at featherweight.

Now campaigning at super-featherweight, Frampton is two wins from Irish history.

“There’s been two-weight world champions before,” he continues, “I’m proud to have joined that company.

“But I think to stand alone as the only three-weight world champion, it’s historic really.

History-making fight awaits Frampton, but Traynor is gunning for big upset

The pair weighed in inside the ‘bubble’

“I wanna create a legacy in this sport and I think winning a world title in my third division gives me a ticket to the Hall of Fame.

“It makes people realise and myself realise – probably I’d be comfortable to call myself the greatest fighter Ireland’s ever produced as a three-weight world champion.

“My kids would be proud of me. The people that’ve always supported me would be proud of me.

“That’s why I’m doing it. Legacy reasons.”

History-making fight awaits Frampton, but Traynor is gunning for big upset

Traynor wants to shock the boxing world

Legacy reasons are Frampton’s motivation, but the same cannot be said for his Scottish opponent.

Aberdeen’s Traynor was brought in as a late-replacement when Frampton’s original foe encountered visa issues.

Very few outside of his own team are truly expecting him to pull off a shock.

“It motivates me [being overlooked],” Traynor insists, “He’s a top fighter, so if I can get in the mix like that it’ll be life changing.

History-making fight awaits Frampton, but Traynor is gunning for big upset

Frampton vs Traynor is live on talkSPORT

“It’ll build my confidence and make me believe that, ‘Aye, if I can beat Frampton, who else could I beat, I could beat anyone.’

“It’s very, very big. Massive for me. Unbelievable getting this opportunity. I think it’ll be really good for Aberdeen as well.

“Everybody’s rooting me on. It would put a big smile on my face to win, it would put me over the moon.”

A lot sits at stake for Frampton on Saturday night, but Trayor has motivations of his own and clearly does not intend to give up on them without a fight.

Frampton vs Traynor is live at 9pm on talkSPORT2 this Saturday and will be simulcast across the network after 10pm

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