Carl Frampton ready for Prosper Ankrah contest in Sheffield

Carl Frampton throws a punch against Kris Hughes in the London fight
Carl Frampton throws a punch against Kris Hughes in the London fight

Carl Frampton says he is "very confident" ahead of the defence of his Commonwealth super-bantamweight title against Prosper Ankrah in Sheffield.

"It's all about preparation and I have trained hard, as I do for every fight," said Belfast boxer Frampton, who is aiming for his 13th consecutive win.

"Ankrah has a decent record and I like people who want to come and fight.

"Saturday is a massive day for the Irish so it should be a bit of a carnival atmosphere," added Frampton.

The Belfast boxer had been linked with a possible place on the undercard of Matthew Macklin's world title fight with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in Madison Square Garden.

"I'm a little disappointed that my proposed fight in New York didn't come off but as long as I'm fighting I'm happy."

Frampton's last successful defence came against Scotland's Kris Hughes at Bethnall Green in London in January.

The Tiger's Bay man hopes that a victory will see him move a step closer to a shot at a British, European or world title.

Possible fights against European king Kiko Martinez and British title holder Scott Quigg have been mooted.

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