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Frampton scouted Parodi on French Fort Boyard

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Carl Frampton has been watching the French version of Fort Boyard in preparation for his upcoming fight with Jeremy Parodi - and has revealed it is the only footage he has seen of his opponent.

Undefeated Frampton faces Parodi at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday for the European super-bantamweight title and IBF inter-continental title. The winner is also set to challenge for the IBF title in 2014.

However, the Brit has revealed he has only seen footage of his opponent on YouTube - from a French television gameshow.

"This fight against Parodi, who's only one stop behind me in the IBF rankings, is all about getting myself into a mandatory position for a world title shot," Frampton said.

"I've seen very little footage of Parodi but I did see him on a French version of Fort Boyard on YouTube the other day and he failed the task. He had to pull himself along and get the key but ended up falling off.

"I was watching it thinking 'I would've passed that task'. That's all I've seen. If he can't pass a task like that on Fort Boyard then I don't know."

Kiko Martinez currently holds the IBF belt and faces mandatory challenger Jeffrey Mathebula in December. Frampton inflicted a fourth loss on Martinez's card when the pair met in February, and admitted it was difficult to accept that Martinez holds a world title ahead of him.

"It was a little frustrating seeing Kiko Martinez go on and win the world title after beating him. I was thinking 'That could've been me', but you have to take the positives out of everything, and the positives are that I beat a world champion and knocked him out," Frampton said.

"This fight coming up is an eliminator for the world title and hopefully I will fight the winner of [Jeffrey] Mathebula-Martinez - around February/March time - I think they have to box before Christmas.

"I'll be the number one in the IBF after this next fight. Things happen for a reason. I always believed I was going to be a world champion. So what if Kiko Martinez is world champion before me? As long as I'm world champion one day."

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