Canada's two-time world super-bantamweight champion Steve
Molitor has said he'll consider retirement if he does not beat Carl
Frampton in Belfast tomorrow night.
The pair meet for the Commonwealth and IBF intercontinental
crowns at the Odyssey Arena in what could be seen as something of a
cross roads contest.
Molitor has touched lofty heights during his 12 professional
career, but feels the end of his journey will have come if he
cannot beat an opponent he considers to be below his level.
"If I want to be a three-time world champion then I have to beat
this kid," said Molitor at yesterday's final press conference.
"I have been out of the ring enjoying my life for ten months or
so and on Saturday night you will see a new hungry Steve
"If I cannot beat Carl then I will have to think about hanging
them up as I will be saying that I cannot compete at world level
now and as a two-time world champ I am used to that."
Unbeaten Frampton, 25, sees the fight as an opportunity to
bolster his reputation and move closer to world title level.
"He's been where I want to get to but he's had his time at the
top, now it's my turn," the Irishman said.
"Beating a world class fighter like Steve Molitor puts me high
in the rankings and in the running for a world title shot."