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    Carl Frampton v Chris Avalos
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sat 28 Feb 2015
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  • Time: 

    10.50pm - 12.30am
  • Week: 

    Week 10 2015 : Sat 28 Feb - Fri 06 Mar
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On ITV from 10.50pm, with undercard and build-up on ITV4 from 7.30pm
Top-level boxing returns to ITV for the first time in five years with the IBF World Super Bantamweight title fight between champion Carl Frampton and Chris Avalos from the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
Introduced by Mark Pougatch, the fight titled The World Is Not Enough is on home territory for Frampton, 28, who won his belt in September in Belfast by defeating Kiko Martinez by unanimous decision, after knocking him down in the fifth round. The undefeated Ulsterman boasts a 19-0 win record, with his last six victories coming in his hometown.
He faces 25-year-old American Chris Avalos, the current WBO NABO Bantamweight Champion who has only lost twice in his 27 professional fights.
The pair will be called into the ring by world-famous announcer Michael Buffer, whose catchphrase, ‘Let’s get ready to rumble!’ has become synonymous with big fights..
Coverage begins on ITV4 for the undercard and the build-up to the big fight, before switching to ITV for the main event.
Among the fights on the undercard is a ten-round contest between exciting Brixton Heavyweight Dillian Whyte, who boxes Georgia’s undefeated Beka Lobjanidze.
Joining Mark in the studio are former WBA Heavyweight champion David Haye, renowned American broadcaster Al Bernstein, and former World Champions Richie Woodhall and Bernard Dunne plus lead commentator Ronald McIntosh.
Carl Frampton Press Pack Interview
With live world title boxing back on ITV for the first time in seven years, what can viewers expect from this event?
This event is certainly going to look the part. We’ve put a very good undercard together with competitive fights. I think my fight will be a good one - while it lasts. Chris Avalos’s style is to come forward, he’s a pressure fighter who likes to throw a lot of shots. I love guys who come forward, because I can walk them on to shots. So while it lasts, it will be exciting. He’s there to be hit.
How will it feel to step out into the ring at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast again, with all those eyes on you and a belt to defend?  How does a home crowd affect you?
I’ve said many times that the atmosphere there genuinely adds five to ten per cent to my game - it is like no other atmosphere in British or Irish sport. It’s hard to explain, there are only 9,000 people in there but it sounds like there are 30,000. My last fight was outside at the Titanic Quarter and there were 16,000 there - almost twice as many - but the noise got lost a bit in the air. Inside, it seems to be getting louder every time and I think it will be very hostile for Chris Avalos because of some of the things he has said.
What do you make of your opponent, Chris Avalos?
I think he’s a good fighter - a typical kind of loud-mouth American. He likes to talk a lot. He has lost twice before against guys who aren’t as good as me. It doesn’t really take a scientist to work out what’s going to happen here. He’s said a lot, so hopefully he can back it up and then we will be in for a good fight.
How do you think you will win the fight?
I genuinely believe I’m the best Super Bantamweight in the World and if the fight goes 12 rounds, I have trained for that. But this guy’s just a little too hittable so I think I will knock him out at some point.
What’s working with Barry McGuigan like? How has he influenced your own career?
It’s been brilliant, I’ve been professional since 2009 and Barry has been there from the start. He just has a wealth of knowledge, he’s around every day, he comes and watches me spar. To be getting advice from someone who has been there and done it like he has, I’m in a very lucky position. Not only Barry, but the whole team and his family deserve a lot of credit for guiding me perfectly.
I think our boxing styles are very different, so I wouldn’t compare them. Barry was an out and out pressure fighter who got in your face and wore you down. I prefer people to come to me. I don’t think he’d mind me saying this - I think I’m a more well-rounded fighter than Barry because I can go back and come forward. I think we are both very driven people though. We both want to keep winning. The way he trains even now is crazy - he’s one of the most determined men I’ve come across.
How do Barry and his son Shane prepare you for big nights like this one?
Well, I’ve gone through a long training camp - it’s usually 12 weeks but this has been 13, which is a lot of time away from my family and from Belfast. I’m getting all the wisdom from Barry, and Shane in my opinion is one of the best boxing coaches in the country - he can spot opponents’ weaknesses like you wouldn’t believe. He also knows about nutrition, strength and conditioning, so he has the full package. They look after me - make sure I’m eating the right foods, doing the right amount of training and resting. I’m a World champion now, so I need that.
What kind of boxer would you describe yourself as? Anyone you would compare yourself to and why?
I would say I’m a box fighter - because I can box long distance and I prefer people to come to me, and I can also get up close and personal. I can knock you out with either hand and take a shot as well. I wouldn’t compare myself to anyone. Early in my career, a guy called Spencer Fearon compared me to Miguel Cotto. I don’t know about that.
What goes through your mind just before the bell goes and the fight starts?
I’m just thinking about my performance - I’ve got a game plan in my head. If you see me in the changing rooms half an hour before, you wouldn’t believe I’m about to fight, I’m very calm. But that’s because I’m confident in my own ability. Not arrogant, though. I don’t hate my opponent - I’m just thinking about how I’m going to win the fight. I will stick to the game plan first, then it may be time for plan B or plan C. I’m like that, I can adapt where perhaps other fighters can’t.