CARL Frampton reveling in the added pressure being a terrestrial TV fighter brings and says he will put on a show for the ITV cameras on Saturday night.
‘The Jackal’ brings World championship boxing back to terrestrial TV and will most likely make the first defence of his title in front of millions of arm chair sport fans as well as his partisan Irish following.
The fighter, who brings Belfast to a stand still during fight week, admits it brings added hype, media attention and thus pressure, but states like pressure makes diamonds it makes him sparkle.
Frampton feels the need to impress this weekend and predicts he will stop mandatory challenger Chris Avalos.
“There has been a lot more media attention for this one,” he told ESPN. “I’m like most boxers and I get a lot of attention back home, locally, in Northern Ireland so I’m used to it.
“Usually when I come to London to train I don’t have to do much media work, but this time it has taken it to a new level and it can be tiring. There’s pressure in all of my fights. I’ve had pressure my whole career because Barry said early on I would be world champion one day.
“I had backing from the government in my last fight at specially built stadium outdoors and people just expected me to win because I had beaten him before. I had the whole nation behind me but if you look at the performance it was my best yet and I think I thrive off pressure, it makes me perform better.
“I want to keep boxing on terrestial TV so I have to look good and I have to knock this guy out, which I will.”