Monday 25 September 2017

Carl Frampton vows to make Avalos eat his words in Odyssey battle

Carl Frampton, right, faces off against Chris Avalos ahead of their IBF Super-bantamweight World Title fight
Carl Frampton, right, faces off against Chris Avalos ahead of their IBF Super-bantamweight World Title fight

Bernard O'Neill

CARL FRAMPTON believes that Chris Avalos has psychologically accepted that he is going to lose at a sold-out Odyssey Arena in Belfast tonight.

The unbeaten (19-0,13KO) Belfast-born ex-Irish Elite international defends his IBF world super-bantamweight belt for the first time against the Californian.

Avalos (25-2-27, 19KO) has vowed to convert Frampton's fans ahead of the 12-rounder and dismissed the Ulsterman's reputation as hype.

He said: "I didn't come all the way here to lose. I don't see anything special about him. His fans will become my fans. They will get a war if Frampton stands and fights and doesn't run."

Frampton, however, reckons that Avalos has never shared a ring with a fighter of his calibre and that the IBF title will be staying put.

"They're all trying to get behind him to fire him up, but he knows deep down that he's going to lose. The guy is there to be hit. I'm very accurate and I punch very hard," said the champion.

"Whatever way he fights I think he's in trouble. When I'm whacking him about the head and the crowd is getting noisier we'll see how much balls he really has."

Exciting

Frampton, who is managed by Barry McGuigan, added: "He has lost twice before to guys who don't compare to me. It's going to be more of the same. This guy knows what's going to happen.

"It'll be an exciting fight while it lasts, but I'm the biggest punching super-bantamweight in the world so it's not rocket science what's going to happen."

Elsewhere, London 2012 medallists Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan will be involved in crucial World Series of Boxing (WSB) fights in Almaty, Kazakhstan this afternoon.

The Irish duo line out for Italia Thunder against the Arlans versus Temirtas Zhussupov and Kairat Yeraliyev. Barnes is in joint No 1 position in the WSB individual light-fly rankings and Conlan is in joint second spot at bantam.

The top-ranked light-fly and the top two bantams will qualify for Rio 2016 at the end of the WSB regular season in April. Barnes and Conlan will have three more fights, none of which are expected to be tougher than tonight, after this weekend.

"We'll have a clearer picture in regards to the Olympic qualifying process after Saturday," said John Conlan, who will be working his son's and Barnes' corners with fellow Irish coach Zuar Antia in Almaty.

Frampton v Avalos,

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