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Frampton primed for Avalos defence
27 Feb 2015 17:05
Carl Frampton is brimming with confidence ahead of the first defence of his IBF World Super Bantamweight title as he takes on Chris Avalos at Belfast's Odyssey Arena.
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Frampton will be looking to build on his already impressive unbeaten record of 19 victories (19(13)–0) as he takes on the mandatory challenger in front of his home-town support.
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Frampton said: “I’ve prepared for a tough fight and I’m expecting one but this guy knows what’s going to happen. He has lost twice before to guys who don’t compare to me. He’s used to it. It’s going to be more of the same.”
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But the challenger is looking to cause an upset and has been trying to unsettle the champion since his arrival in to Belfast.
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Avalos said: “I’ve got bad news. I’m going to win. I’m going to take the belt home. I haven’t come all this way to lose. That would be stupid. It makes no sense.
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“Everybody is going for him. I’m the villain here, but that’s okay. I expect that and I feed off that. It’s a beautiful place, and the people could not have treated me better. I’m ready. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
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Belfast’s Marc McCullough makes his comeback after hand surgery in an eight-round international featherweight contest, the prelude to a big fight later in the year for the WBO European Featherweight Champion.
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Frampton's CWM Cyclone stablemate Anthony Cacace from Belfast and Tyrone’s Conrad Cummings both face tough assignments against Spanish opposition.
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Cacace meets rugged Santiago Bustos over eight rounds in an international super featherweight contest, while Cummings boxes a six-rounder against Roberto Palenzuela of the Canary Islands, who is also unbeaten.
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Barry McGuigan's latest signing Josh ‘The Punisher’ Pritchard makes his professional debut against Hungary’s Aron Szilagyi is the first bout of the evening, while former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher boxes Nicaragua’s Miguel Aguilar.
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Saturday’s historic contest will be shown live in the UK on ITV’s flagship channel and in the Republic of Ireland on UTV Ireland. It will also mark the first time that Belfast’s Odyssey Arena has hosted a legitimate world title fight.
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Frampton fight is live on terrestrial television on Saturday night, and as a result, taking boxing back to the masses and the explosive champion is aware of the magnitude of the occasion.
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“It’s fantastic that my first defence will be shown live on ITV in the UK and live in the Republic of Ireland on UTV Ireland. Boxing needs this kind of exposure and I am over the moon that I will have the chance to perform on such a massive platform,” said Frampton.
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