Battersea-based Frampton prepared for tough first title defence in Belfast supported by Brixton’s Dillian Whyte

Battersea-based Carl Frampton is confident of inflicting another defeat on Chris Avalos when he defends his world title in Belfast tonight.

The 28-year old champion, from Belfast but who trains at McGuigan’s Gym in Battersea, makes the first defence of his IBF super bantamweight title against California’s Chris Avalos.

Frampton, nicknamed ‘The Jackal’, 19-0 (13 KOs), claimed the title in a dominant decision win over former victim Kiko Martinez in front of a rocking 16,000 crowd in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter last September and is willing to do whatever it takes to retain his title.

“Whether it’s to stand in the middle of the ring and fight this guy and out-strength him or outbox him, I’ll do whatever it takes to beat this guy,” he said.

“I’m not expecting it to be easy. He’s a good fighter – but I’m better.”

Frampton appeared in good spirits at the final press conference and even managed to slip in a verbal jab when asked to take the challenger’s offer of a bet.

“I wouldn’t like to take your money off you, you’ve had that same tracksuit top on for about for days now,” he said.

Avalos holds a modest 25-2 record but 19 of those wins came inside the distance and his two defeats were split decisions against undefeated fighters, one of whom went on to win a world title.

“This guy knows what’s going to happen – he’s been beaten twice before by guys who don’t compare to me,” noted Frampton.

On the undercard, Brixton heavyweight Dillian ‘The Villain’ Whyte, 13-0 (10 KOs), continues his explosive return to the sport against unbeaten Goergian Beka Lobjanidze.

After returning from a two-year drugs ban last November, Whyte has only been taken a combined 10 rounds in four fights but this bout will pose the toughest test of his career to date.

Feature image of Carl Frampton, courtesy of CWM Media via Youtube, with thanks

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