THE IBF super bantamweight title won’t reside in Belfast once February 28 has passed, claims Chris Avalos.
The mandatory challenger certainly didn’t forget to pack his confidence when he left America for Belfast this week and is adamant he the IBF strap will be in his bag when he returns early next week.
Whilst Leo Santa Cruz claims Carl Frampton is the man to beat in the division, Avalos stresses he hasn’t been impressed in anyway by the Belfast World champ. Indeed Avalos believes he could stop the reigning champion in the Odyssey this coming Saturday.
“Nothing concerns me about the way he fights. I am not impressed at all. I’ve seen shots land on him, and if I had landed those shots he would be knocked out.
“And if he thinks being in his home town, that the fans will save him then he is wrong.
“I will go out there on February 28 and win the fight. This title is coming home with me. My shot is finally here and I am ready,” he added.
Avalos says he has done his honework on the Belfast fighter.
“I have been watching him for about a year – because my brother was watching a video of him and told me to watch it because I would end up fighting him.
“My bother was saying ‘watch this dude, he is from Ireland and you will fight him at some stage’ – so I sat down and watched two or three rounds but I never thought that it would happen and it’s also for a world title,” he added.