The atmosphere inside the Odyssey Arena was electric as the headliners made their way to the ring. The 9,000 strong, sold out crowd, really getting behind their man Carl Frampton. It felt like the fight was written from the first bell, and Frampton never looked in doubt.
Confidence oozed from the Northern Irish star (left), and the combinations that he put together were a class above his opponent. A small cut opening up in the fourth round around Parodi's eye added to the challenger's nerves, and he started to fade. The Frenchman found himself absorbing punches, and his returning jabs regularly landing into air.
It took until the sixth round for the dismantling to become complete. Frampton and Parodi went toe to toe, and a right head shot quickly followed by a left hook to the body dropped Parodi to a knee that he wasn't to get up from.
The final verdict: a 6th round count out in favour of the retaining champion, Carl Frampton. The 26-year-old now seems set for a rematch with February 2013 victim Kiko Martinez with the Spaniard's IBF World Super-Bantamweight title on the line.
The Vacant IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Championship
Eamonn O'Kane UD win over Kerry Hope.
Jamie Conlan win by 1st round stoppage
The Irish Featherweight Championship
Marco McCullough win by 9th round stoppage
4x3 Minute bantamweight contest
Ryan Burnett win - 2nd round stoppage
Northern Irishman Carl Frampton has earned an IBF World Super-Bantamweight eliminator bout against 35-1 Frenchman Jeremy Parodi, and will make his long-awaited BoxNation debut LIVE from Belfast's Odyssey Arena on October 19th.
The popular 26-year-old saw his first effort to appear on the channel derailed by a BBBofC medical, but is now set to delight BoxNation fans when he faces a big test in the form of the experienced Parodi, the current IBF International champion.
Awaiting the winner of Frampton and Parodi's eliminator, where the Irishman's European title is also on the line, is the new IBF champion Kiko Martinez.The stage is set for a mouthwatering rematch between Frampton and Martinez, who he emphatically TKO'd last February to win the European title.
19 October 2013, 19:00:00
The Vacant IBF International Middleweight title is on the line as Irish Middleweight champion Eamonn O'Kane faces former European champion Kerry Hope.
Both men will hope that a profile raising win could move them up in the IBF's estimations, and it promises to be an electric atmoshpere as the sold out Odyssey Arena crowd await their homecoming hero Carl Frampton.