THERE ain’t no party like a Carl Frampton party!
‘The Jackal’ boasts one of the loudest and most partisan followings in Irish sport and no doubt the Jackal Army will be out in force ready to celebrate a successful World title defence when Frampton takes on Chris Avolas on a date to be confirmed tomorrow.
Mandatory challenger Avolas, however, is adamant he will prove party pooper by dethroning the reigning IBF World champion when they pair trade leather.
Avalos might not be too well known this side of the Atlantic, however whilst he is not as high profile as the likes Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Marez and Scott Quigg -names recently linked with the Cyclone Promotions fighter- he is a very respected operator and certainly deemed more of a danger than Quigg at the very least.
The American also claims he has improved of late and is confident he can claim the World corwn in Belfast.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph he said,
“I see myself doing a bit of everything to beat Frampton. I’m not one dimensional, in the past I would have been but I have improved and I’ve been working on things that I never have before.
“I’ve grown up as a fighter and winning the World title means everything to me. I just have to be world champion.
“The fame and the exposure would be cool but to me getting that red and gold belt is the main thing, that means everything. I believe I can spoil the party in front of his home fans.”
Avolas is mandatory challenger for Frampton’s IBF strap, but was also next in line for Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux’s WBO belt.
However, he elected against fighting the ‘untouchable’ Irish managed Cuban because a Frampton fight provided better reward.
“I had been wanting the fight with Rigondeaux for 18 months and he didn’t want it and then when I became IBF number one challenger he did want the fight but it was a smart decision and a business decision to go for Frampton instead. There’s no money in a fight with Rigondeaux because he’s a bore, that’s the view of HBO and Showtime. There’s more money in a fight with Frampton.