Frampton was aggresssive throughout, boxing behind his jab and pushing Parodi back, mixing in effective hooks to the body and straights to the head. Parodi tried to box and move but lacked either the power to deter Frampton or the skill to avoid him. In the fourth a big left followed by a series of rights cut the Frenchman, towards the end of the fifth a number of painful looking uppercuts landed cleanly and then in the sixth a huge hook to the body dropped Parodi for the count.
In some ways this bout rather snuck under the radar (for example, I didn’t do a preview for it) but I submit there was a reason for this. Parodi had a very pretty record at 35-1-1 and it is certainly impressive for a 26 year old to have had 37 bouts but in reality this was a stay-busy bout for Frampton. While his level of competition had improved in the buildup to the Frampton bout there was a real lack of quality or depth there and from watching his bouts Parodi appeared to be a useful boxer… but little more. His jab and move style will be enough to frustrate lower level opponents but he lacks the physical attributes or high level of technical skill to take him beyond being a European contender. Put simply Frampton is on a different level to that… this bout was a step down from his last two opponents… former IBF title holder Steve Molitor and current IBF title holder Kiko Martinez.
As a UK boxing fan, I am in a pretty privileged position; between the various different broadcasters I have the ability to watch almost every meaningful card from either the US or Europe as well as our own domestic events, to say nothing for the opportunity the internet has provided for me to watch obscure cards that are not officially televised over here. Partly because of this it is remarkably easy to become self-righteous about the nature of events in different countries, notably regarding the judging and refereeing. It almost goes without saying that when a fighter goes to Germany they’ll hype the fight by mentioning that “I know I have to knock him out to win“, as the perception (fuelled it must be said by a considerable body of evidence) is that the German-based fighter supported by the promoter who organised the show will always win if it goes to the judges. The US has had a number of controversial decisions in recent times (the most notable one in the near-past being Campillo/Cloud) and it’s been all to easy to sit on a high-horse as a British boxing fan and say that yes, we do occasionally have poor reffing and poor decisions but on the whole we’re pretty much a fair bunch, certainly better than those we mock.