SPECIAL! A special performance by a special fighter. If Chris Avalos is World class operator Carl Frampton is something above.
‘The Jackal’ didn’t just win the battle of the assassins he destroyed ‘The Hitman’ to ratify ‘The Jackal Army’s’ ‘there’s only One Carl Frampton’ claims .
Avalos came to Belfast having earned his shot the hard way and played the panto villain with distinction boldly claiming the IBF super bantamweight wasn’t unique and certainly wasn’t special.
Three rounds into a bout that played out in front of vocal and partisan home crowd the challenger certainly would of had a different opinion of the Belfast favourite.
The stoppage came 1:33 into the fifth, but Avalos tasted Frampton’s power in the third and a fighter, who has marched forward in nearly every second of his career started to flick out a jab in a bid to prevent a war ensuing.
‘The Jackal’ didn’t oblige however in round five of what was meant to be a stiff test he took out ‘The Hitman’, registering a performance that most likely would have give Scott Quigg second thoughts about a summer bash in the process.
Avalos tried to play dirty in the first two rounds and looked to work the body, but the easy to hit fighter was punished with a number of well timed and crisp right hands.
In the third stanza Frampton was more willing to hold his ground and worked on the inside when the chance arose. He winged in body shots and landed left hooks that had Avalos looking puzzled.
The swagger and confidence Avalos displayed in the build to the fight was well and truly gone in the fourth. The fighter, who begged Frampton not to run pre fight, was almost on the back foot sheepishly flicking out a jab in a bid to keep the world champion off.
A big right hand midway through that round hurt the challenger, a sign of things to come.
Another straight right early in the fifth sent Avalos stumbling across the ring-Frampton sensed his foe was in trouble and set about finishing the job.
He pressured the American and some venomous and spiteful shots gave Avalos jelly legs. Avalos stumbled to the ground as he tried to hold, it bought him some time, but it wasn’t long before his nights work was done.
He took three more massive right hands and almost drunkenly beckoned Frampton to go to further war, but before he could take anymore punishment referee Howard Foster came to his rescue and Frampton had made a successful first defence much.
You know you have made it when Michael Buffer and terrestrial TV is in town, but this performance delivered on Barry McGuigan’s birthday, suggests Frampton’s can achieve a lot more in the fight game.