Carl Frampton beats Avalos; scores fifth round TKOWritten by Brian Opal
Belfast, Northern Ireland. Birthplace of The Titanic, the legendary marvel of nautical engineering that met its dark and storied fate in the iceberg riddled waters of the Atlantic in 1912.
The city is also home to Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs), one of the fastest rising stars in all of Ireland, who last night outboxed and stopped American Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (25-3, 19 KOs) in the first defense of his IBF Super Bantamweight title. The bout was held in Frampton’s hometown Odyssey Arena which holds some 16 thousand fans and the crowd was loud and festive.
Super Bantamweight/Jr. Featherweight is a division that boxing analysts and hardcore fans have been keeping a close eye on because it could get hot in the near future with the potential of several highly intriguing match-ups.
For starters, there’s the lineal king of the division, Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux, who resides on most top 10 pound-for-pound lists as a result of being one of the most naturally talented and technically gifted boxers in the game.
Then there are a short of list of world titlists and belt holders like Mexican Leo Santa Cruz and English Scott Quigg. Avalos was the IBF number-one contender going into last night’s fight, but his career will take a step back after suffering a tough defeat.
Frampton, now more than ever, is looking like a real puncher with the ability to stop nearly anyone in his weight-class if he can get into range and land a series of hard, precision shots. But with a short 62” reach, it seems that getting into range may be his biggest challenge against the other champions. But considering that Rigondeaux’s chin looked vulnerable to big punchers in his last outing, after being knocked down twice and perhaps almost stopped, “The Jackal” vs. “El Chacal” (Spanish translation for “The Jackal”) sounds more intriguing than ever. Did anyone mention that Frampton is The Ring’s number-one ranked contender at 122lbs?
“I think Carl could beat any one of the rivals,” said Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan. “We are ready for all-comers.”
The promotional firm in charge of handling Rigondeaux vs. Frampton would have the creative time of their lives when brainstorming catchy headliners like “Battle of the Jackals,” “Jackal vs. Chacal,” “The Hunt,” or “2 Jackals, 1 Jungle.” Realistically speaking though, fight fans can expect to see Frampton fight Quigg before Santa Cruz or Rigondeaux. That bout would have a massive following in the UK irregardless of whether it’s held in London, Belfast, Manchester or Liverpool.
And even though most Americans may show little to no interest, it would be quite a lucrative payday for both pugilists at this stage of their careers. After all, it would be a championship unification fight for the IBF and WBA (regular) world titles.
Frampton stated: “I would love it. It’s a summer showdown between the both of us…It’s the biggest fight in the UK [other than] Amir Khan-Kell Brook, possibly. I think Scott wants it. It’s a huge domestic showdown.” “Now is the perfect moment to do it. The fight's been brewing, so it has to happen now.”
Team Frampton has also stated that they’re interested in fighting Santa Cruz, the current WBC champion, after Quigg. There’s been plenty of speculation that Santa Cruz could be fighting Abner Mares next, but one thing is for sure. With all the recent positive developments surrounding boxing, there’s good reason to believe that 2015 could be an exciting year for the 122lbs division. The action just doesn’t get much faster than this!