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Frampton is set for glory

THE build-up to a big fight is always special.

This has been a hectic week for IBF world super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton but he's used to it.

In 2010, after just seven fights, he won the Celtic title. Then he claimed the Commonwealth title at the Odyssey in Belfast.

In 2012, he went 12 rounds against Raul Hirales to claim the IBF Inter-Continental title.

Later that year, he defended both titles against Steve Molitor and starched him in round 6.

A European title win against Kiko Martinez followed in 2013 and also a defence against Jeremy Parodi.

Last September was his biggest night. A world title win against Martinez, who'd won the title in America.

The countdown to each fight has had its own unique sense of drama. With America beckoning, this week have been more thrilling than usual.

Tonight's fight will be live on ITV, so there's even more pressure on Frampton to deliver and confirm he's a charismatic world class fighter.


His opponent from California, Chris Avalos, arrived with a grim determination to stop Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) in his tracks. "I sparred with Kiko and did the same as Frampton, beat his ass," says Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs). "When I hit Frampton, he's gonna run."

At the press conference, Frampton, who's been sparring Horacio Garcia, Miguel Angel Gonzales and Yven Mendy, responded: "Avalos is used to losing and he's going to lose again."

For good measure he took a dig at Scott Quigg quipping: "This will be a tougher fight than a Scott Quigg fight."