Carl “The Jackal” Frampton successfully defended his IBF Super-Bantamweight on Saturday – by stopping Chris “The Hitman” Avalos in the 5th round.
It was a technical masterclass from the Ulsterman and he never allowed Avalos the chance to breathe.
The American had never been stopped before – his two previous defeats came by narrow points decisions.
The 28 yr old champion put on a career-best performance – he was spiteful, accurate and defensively compact.
Kiko Martinez was a much tougher opponent – (who I would favour to beat Avalos), but the manner in which he dispatched The Hitman was more impressive.
On recent occasions referee’s have had their fair share of criticism for early stoppages – Howard Foster I felt was perfect with his timing here, so he deserves a rare pat on the back.
“I wanted to teach him some manners,” said Frampton.
“Before the first bell he said: ‘It’s only you and me now.’ He still didn’t show respect afterwards, he was still talking about a rematch as he was leaving. The referee did the right thing, because he could have been seriously injured.”
Frampton demonstrated yet again that he one of the top two Super-Bantamweights in the world – and should he move up to Featherweight in the future, he would no doubt hold his own.
There are 3 roads for The Jackal to now go down now:
Leo Santa Cruz:
The 26 yr old WBC champion is more guarded than Nevada State Route 375 – also know as Extraterrestrial Highway as it leads to Area 51. Rumour has it should you drive up this highway you are greeted by US military who ask you to turn-around.
In Santa-Cruz’s case, despite his public proclamations that he wants Frampton/Quigg/Rigondeaux his advisor Al Haymon won’t let him near one of them.
This path is a long walk off a short cliff. Despite looking poor in his recent fight in Japan – (the Cuban was dropped twice in the 7th) I still feel the 34 yr old is the best in the division.
Rigondeaux is that good that I laugh when I see him box – as I don’t know how else to react. He is technically ridiculous. If Frampton was to face him next year, he would have a better chance of being victorious.
This path is littered with fallen trees – various political obstacles that will need to be overcome before we get this blockbuster. But it feels like the right place and the right time for both men to finally get it on.
WBA Regular Champion and domestic rival Scott Quigg came in to the ring for the post-fight interview – on his own – which displayed some serious ‘nads.
I felt for the Bury man, he took some stick from Frampton promoter & manager Barry McGuigan on “not being the real champion here” which you could see pissed Quigg off – but he kept his composure when he spoke.
“I would love it, I think Scott would too,” Frampton told ITV1.
“A summer showdown between the two of us is a huge fight. But Scott needs to remember who the real world champion is.
“I would leave Belfast if I had to, maybe somewhere neutral, it doesn’t matter to me.
“It’s the biggest fight in the UK at the minute – Amir Khan v Kell Brook possibly – but this one has been brewing a lot longer. It’s a huge domestic showdown.”
Quigg told ITV1:
“This fight is big not because of him and not because of me. It’s the full package. The British public want the fight.
“He draws the crowd in Ireland, we draw the crowd in Britain. It doesn’t matter where the fight – wherever holds the most, put the fight on.”
What is apparent is that both camps want the fight – and want it next.
The obstacles are between the promoters and which broadcaster to use. Frampton a previous stable member of Matchroom – left along with manager Barry and trainer Shane McGuigan when Barry set up “Cyclone Promotions”.
Quigg is promoted by Matchroom and that’s where ego’s become an issue.
It’s safe to say there isn’t any love-lost between McGuigan Snr and Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn – but if that gets in the way of this fight not happening, then they are both accountable.
If Mayweather v Pacquiao can be made with Bob Arum and Mayweather despising each other for a decade – then ANY fight is possible.
The broadcaster issue is one that should be presented to both men in negotiations.
Do you want to make as much money as possible?
Fight on Sky.
Do you want to fight in-front of the biggest televised audience – but for less money?
Fight on ITV.
What is the motivator here? Get rich or get the fight made?
It’s an interesting conundrum and one that I believe can be settled in a two-fight deal.
Have the first fight on ITV, if Quigg has to accept 40-60% split and the fight is in London or Belfast – then do it. He is confident that he has Frampton’s number so that isn’t a bad deal.
Should Quigg win of course – then the rematch is on his terms, on Sky PPV and both men make a killing.
But Barry and Eddie – in the unlikely event you are reading this – please, just put your differences to one side and let’s have this monster of a fight.
Steve Kim of UCN Live in America referred to this fight as the UK’s version of Erik Morales v Marco Antonio Barrera 1.
If it maintains half the action and pace of that fight then we are all in for a treat.
Cyclone and Matchroom…. over to you.