Belfast born Carl Frampton defended his IBF super bantamweight title against American rival Chris Avalos in an impressive fifth round stoppage on the 28th April.
The fight was held in Belfast’s odyssey arena which was packed to the rafters with people supporting their champion. They were not afraid to roar and produced a deafening taunt of ‘Who are ya’ as the opponent entered the ring. Avalos is a worthy competitor with twenty five wins from twenty eight fights.
The lad from Belfast’s Tiger Bay is managed by Northern Irish boxing legend Barry McGuiggan and trained by his son entered the ring with an expected cheer from his audience.
The fight began with both fighters confident to be in the centre on the ring and Frampton managed a short left hook on his opponent. This did not sit well with Avalos as he was warned by the referee after a tap on the break. Overall the first round was an even one.
Avalos used his extra six inches of arm length to his advantage in the first moments of round two as he managed some quick jabs against Frampton. However this was soon to stop when he appeared to injure his shoulder, although he did make it to the bell.
The turning point of this match came in round three as Frampton managed to land a storm of left hooks upon his opponent. Avalos did not respond well to this and some may say he lost his composure as he refused to listen to his corner’s instructions when they told him to box from a distance. This worked to Frampton’s advantage as Avalos was left looking tired by the end of the third round. Frampton continued to dominate in round four, although Avalos did secure a hit with Frampton’s chin as the target.
The final round began with Frampton securing a strong right cross which Avalos did not recover from. The Belfast boy continued to batter his opponent and he fell on the ropes. It was only until the referee stepped in did Frampton stop. The round was over within 1 minute and fifty three seconds.
This was a strong win for him as he managed a five round stoppage. This is not the last we will see from Frampton, who is nicknamed ‘The Jackal’ as he hopes to have a re-match against Englishman Scott Quigg and says, “That is a score I got to settle.”
This match leaves Frampton undefeated in twenty fights with fourteen knockouts.
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