#FramptonAvalos Review by Paul Ready #FramptonQuigg

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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.

Guillermo Rigondeaux:

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.

Scott Quigg:

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?

Both? Ok…

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.

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

http://www.eliteboxing.net

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#FramptonAvalos Preview by Paul Ready @CWMCyclonePromo

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In the week of the 20th anniversary of Nigel Benn v Gerald McClellan, which was broadcast on ITV – British boxing returns to it’s “home channel”.

McGuigan who was part of the broadcast panel on that tragic night of 25th February 1995 – returns this time as manager and promoter of IBF Super-Bantamweight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton.

The Clones Cyclone is no stranger to boxing on terrestrial TV – he won the WBA world featherweight title against Eusebio Pedroza back on 8th June 1985, that was viewed by 20 million people on BBC1.

Frampton (19-0: 13KO’s) – who turned 28 last Saturday – makes his first mandatory defence since snatching the title from Kiko Martinez in September last year.

The man in the opposite corner is American Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (25-2: 19KO’s) – trash-talker and a guy who has knocked out as many men as The Jackal has fought, Carl cannot afford to overlook him. Frampton however is confident that his style will make viewers watch in their droves and join his already swelling following.

Frampton told BBC Sport:

“If I turn up, I’ll win the fight, simple as that,” predicted Frampton, ahead of his first title defence.

“I want to keep on winning and look explosive in every single contest. He’s cocky but I’ll knock that out of him.”

“I had to take a bit of a break after injuring my hand in the Kiko fight and having to train over Christmas wasn’t nice,” said Frampton.

“I’d have preferred a complete rest but it’s one of those things that had to be done.

“I don’t know if Avalos is any better than Martinez but I’ll go in there expecting a tough fight. Kiko is a very good fighter and I dealt with him quite easily and Avalos is a good fighter as well.

“It’ll be an exciting fight while it lasts but I’m the biggest punching super-bantamweight in the world so it’s not rocket science what’s going to happen.

Stylistically I feel Avalos is tailor-made for Frampton – who will come forward swinging and allow The Jackal to box off the back-foot and catch him flush. It promises to be an explosive encounter from the first bell.

The Hitman, 25 yrs old has no qualms with fighting in Belfast in-front of a partisan crowd and doesn’t rate the champions power:

“The fans can expect a great fight. They will get a war if Frampton stands and fights and doesn’t run the way he likes to run,” Avalos said.

“Hopefully he will not stand off and run around like a little fairy. But we will have to wait and see.”

“I have fought stronger fighters than Frampton and I do not see anything special about him, nothing special,” he added.

“I have everything. I like my chin. I have been hit hard, but I have never been shook.

“I have never been dropped, and thank God for that.

“I have a strong chin and power, which is a lethal mix.”

I’m going for a Frampton 8th-9th round stoppage – but Avalos will bring it to him throughout.

Interestingly domestic rival and WBA regular champion Scott Quigg (30-0: 22KO’s) will be ringside to watch the fight on Saturday – that will no doubt fuel the flames of a blockbuster summer showdown.

On a packed under-card which will be shown on ITV4 from 7.30pm which contains exciting Heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte; Middleweight prospect Conrad Cummings;Welterweights Denton Vassell and Paddy Gallagher; Super Featherweight Anthony Cacace and Featherweight Marco McCullough.

Attention then turns at 10.50pm to ITV for the main event – which won’t disappoint.

 

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

http://www.eliteboxing.net

#MartinezFrampton2 #FramptonQuigg… by Paul Ready

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Let me throw some numbers at you before we discuss Saturday’s sizzling performance from Carl “The Jackal” Frampton:

  • 29 yrs ago his mentor Barry McGuigan was world champion.
  • 25 yrs old the age of his trainer Shane McGuigan; 2 year’s Frampton’s junior.
  • 16,000 fans watched in the purpose-built Titantic Quarter venue.
  • Frampton had 125 Amateur fights, 114 wins, 11 defeats; two-weight Irish champion; European silver medal 2007; 12 international medals.
  • 3 yrs ago Brian Magee was the last world champion from Belfast, he held the Interim WBA Super-Middleweight title. Prior to that 19 yrs ago Wayne McCullough was the last man from Belfast to win a world title fight, capturing the WBC Bantamweight title.
  • Frampton became the 3rd current British IBF belt holder alongside Super-Middle champion Carl Froch and Welterweight champion Kell Brook.

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What a performance, what a night. The atmosphere looked electric and Belfast turned out in the droves for it’s favourite son.

Frampton, 27, put in a career-best performance against former foe Kiko Martinez and duly snatched the belt off the well-travelled Spaniard. The Jackal’s slick footwork was so telling in this fight; Martinez stalked Frampton round the ring like a jilted-ex following an old flame. There only ever looked one winner for me as the Tiger Bay native rocked the Spaniard in the 5th with a huge right and duly dropping him to the canvas.

Martinez, 28, knew he had to go for broke with a knockout to stand any chance of retaining his belt. Despite mid-rounds surge from him, if there was ever going to be a stoppage, it would have come from the Irishman.

An explosive finale in the 12th ensued with Martinez unsteady on his feet. When the final bell sounded, the raucous crowd cheered, Team Frampton embraced as they awaited their fate.

Two verdicts of 119-108 and one of 118-111 crowned a new IBF Super-Bantamweight world champion. Immediately discussion turned to who is next for Frampton. Abner Mares & Leo Santa Cruz both tweeted that they would be willing to fight him; the former offering to come down in weight.

Irishman Gary Hyde the manager of Super-Bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux was in the crowd. With the greatest respect to Frampton, I don’t think he will want any part of that fight. Financially there isn’t anything in it and technically it is a fight The Jackal is highly unlikely to win.

We all know who we want to see him face next; Scott Quigg.
It’s the biggest fight both commercially and technically for either man. Quigg, 25, fights this Saturday at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester against Stephane Jamoye.
In the post-fight interview with Boxnation, the first shells were fired by Team Frampton to Quigg and promoter Eddie Hearn:

“I’ll fight him in Manchester, I’ll fight him anywhere. What Eddie Hearn (Quigg’s promoter) needs to remember is I’m the one with the legitimate belt.”
“I’m the one who brings the fans,” added Frampton, while his manager Barry McGuigan said: “Scott Quigg will draw 800 people in Bury. We had to build an arena to fit in all Carl Frampton’s fans.”

The legitimate belt dig relates to Quigg holding the “Regular” WBA belt, with Rigondeaux holding the “Super” WBA belt.
I hope that ego’s don’t get in the way of allowing this fight to happen; Frampton by the sounds of it wants a larger split, Quigg proposing a 50-50. What I admire about both men is their willingness to fight in the other’s backyard.

If I’m honest I do feel that through no fault of his own Quigg still has something to prove at the elite level. I know from speaking to Eddie Hearn that Matchroom approached Santa Cruz to face Quigg. He was willing to go over there to face him on the Mayweather Maidana 2 undercard for it only to fall on deaf ears.

I feel it is very much “watch this space” on this Frampton v Quigg. I fear talks will be long and protracted. Matchroom’s surprise link-up with Top Rank and Chris Avalos who is mandatory for the IBF within 90 days adds another individual in to the equation.

Three’s a crowd? We will see….

 

@PaulReady
@EliteBoxingNet
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Frampton KO sets up Title tilt… Brook = pressure is on… By Paul Ready

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Evening,

Had a Weston Super (Mare) this morning. Went to take the recycling out to my sexy new blue bin. Full to the brim with cardboard, plastic and anything else under the sun that is recyclable.

Only to realise that alas, the new blue bin won’t be collected until the 12th November!

F*ck!

Trip to the tip at the weekend is on the cards.

Coupled with my missus’ car having a flat battery, nearly drowning in the rain, the gods weren’t on my side this morning.

Where was my scuba diving outfit when I needed it?!

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Guess this film and I’ll send you a prize… probably a box out of my bin… I’ll even sign it if you’re lucky…

So to last weekend…

We had the return of The Jackal. Carl Frampton stopped Jeremy Parodi in 6 rounds in Belfast.

Frampton, has had rave reviews on his performance, but lets not get carried away, Parodi was the perfect opponent for a “comeback” match. A guy who sports 9 KO’s from 35 wins, he has only ever left France on holiday.

Most importantly, he got the stoppage, looked good doing it and we even had a fantastic Irish jig from Barry McGuigan, Michael Flatley eat your heart out.

I exchanged a few tweets with Daryl Richards who is the Strength coach at McGuigan’s gym, he told me they have one eye on Martinez v Mathebula match in December initially. I was quizzing him on Frampton v Quigg. They know the best route for Carl. Win a title, make the Quigg match a unification bout, it puts you in a much stronger position round the negotiating table. A wise, and logical move.

Quigg’s camp are said to be in discussions with Martinez for a unification fight, so they will have to get their skates on and get something agreed.

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Throwing bombs…

Frampton is due to get married soon, and take a honeymoon so he can fully enjoy his time off with his wife, then get back to business in the new year.

Probably another reason why they picked Parodi and his cotton wool hands, meant there was no chance of Mrs Frampton giving Carl a slap for having a bruised and battered face for the wedding photos!

Moving on to this coming weekend, we have a solid card at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.

Callum Smith faces Ruben Eduardo Acosta in his 9th fight at Super Middle. Brian Rose in a WBO Light-Middle eliminator, Anthony Joshua’s 2nd outing against Paul Butlin and headlined by Kell Brook v Vyasheslav Senchenko.

For Brook, we forever have the discussion of a “defining fight, big performance”. It is becoming somewhat tiresome.

Yes he’s been unfortunate with injury, missing out against Devon Alexander for his mandatory IBF title shot. Which he still has by the way, should he win this Saturday. Brook then proceeded to scrap past Carson Jones in their 2nd fight. A fight which he had in the bag in the 1st few rounds, he should have tucked him in bed, but he allowed Jones to wake up and stay up that little later.

Against better opposition you will get found out and punished at the highest level. Senchenko who Hatton took the distance pretty much, after a 3 yr absence, should be stopped by Brook inside 5. No excuses.

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I want to get behind Brook, I rate him. He could be very good. But he could equally disappear in to the October fog and be forgotten.

High pressure on him coming from the Steel City, a renowned fighting hub in this country. Home of Prince Naz one of my favourite British boxers of all time. There is a huge expectation on him every time he steps in the ring.

From his promoter, from the fans.

Does he believe in himself?

Is he dedicated to the sport enough to reach the upper echelons?

I’ve heard he likes a night out and his food, Brook needs to reign that in.

Danny Garcia doesn’t drink. He goes to clubs to just pick up girls.

Both similar ages. One is World Champion, the other isn’t. Who would you rather be?

That’s the benchmark, the standard you have to set if you want to be an elite athlete.

I hope he does it, starting on Saturday night. I really do.

Big KO, batter Senchenko in front of Hatton, who I’ve told will be ringside. Give him a wink to say “that’s for you mate”.

If he scrapes to a narrow split decision then he is destined to chug along as a good European fighter, who had a title shot and got found out.

Prove me wrong Kell! It’s over to you….

That’s all from me tonight.

I’m off to go flat pack those boxes…

I reckon I can get another in that bin

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Laters

Paul

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingBlog

Marquez can’t weather the Desert Storm… Frampton, Price/Booth By Paul Ready

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Evening,

Belated blog. I’ve been to London, Leeds and Nottingham this week for work and pleasure. Early starts, late finishes. Graft. Feeling baked.

Before we recap last weekend. Who remembers this game from their youth?

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Desert Strike. Mega Drive. Old School.

I thought this was actually called Desert Storm, maybe Bradley’s favourite console game as a boy. Hence this nick-name. But it’s not. My bad. #Awks.

Action packed card at the Thomas & Mack Centre in Vegas, headlined by Tim Bradley v Juan Manuel Marquez. Lets look at the one of the supporting acts:

Lomachenko v Ramirez:

Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko the two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, who is the arguably the greatest amateur of all time. Sporting a 368-1 Amateur record which is jaw-droppingly impressive.

I was expecting big things, 4 horseman of the apocalypse big. He didn’t disappoint.

First observation was that the 25 yr old was making his debut in a 10 rounder against resilient Mexican Jose Ramirez (25-4 15 KO’s).

Who has a debut fight set at 10 rounds? Unheard of. It was never going to go the distance. It could of had a 20 round distance and wouldn’t of made a shred of difference, but it’s the point that 10 rounds was set which is unreal.

20 seconds in when he floored Ramirez, with a superb body shot, you knew you were watching the birth of a future P4P World Champion. He has everything in his locker. He can bang, he can move. Connects with every other punch thrown.

Ramirez proved to be resilient for all of 4 rounds. When he was rocked again with an even better body shot. His theatrical roll was certainly not staged. I felt that from my living room.

Lomachenko is being lined up for a world title bow in his 2nd outing. Against newly crowned Orlando Salido (40-12-2, 28 KOs),

Demonstrates the belief that Top Rank have in him. Big things round the corner for him. He can easily move up to Lightweight, a definite multi-weight World Champion. Might be a tad too soon for a World Title fight for me, could easily go pear shaped.

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Monster

Bradley v Marquez

The forever underrated Timothy Bradley won a tactical master class over 40 yr Juan Manuel Marquez. Bradley, who didn’t drop a round, made Marquez box his fight.

He won on another contentious split decision. Contentious in his favour on this occasion.

How Marquez had won by one judges scoring defies belief. Bradley controlled the fight with ease, and only had to get out of 2nd gear in a handful of exchanges. He stifled Marquez’ power and made him look very much 40 and 10 yrs his elder.

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I backed Marquez before, favouring his counter punching power and heart to steer him to a narrow victory.

Bradley is the American Amir Khan, in the sense that he isn’t rated by the boxing community there.

He isn’t your traditional self assured American boxer like a Floyd or Broner. Nor is he the people’s champion that has a strong following. After this victory he certainly warrants being on the podium in the P4P rankings, but you feel there still is a piece to his jigsaw missing.

A piece that should mirror his boxing brain and undefeated record. He’s been in with the division’s best and always delivered.

I for one hope he isn’t one of Floyd’s remaining 4 opponents as it would be an extremely dull match up. A game of chess would ensue, with neither willing to gamble. He has even adopted the famous Mayweather shoulder roll into his defence.

So it begs the question. Who is next for Bradley? I’d love to see him fight Canelo at a catch weight of say 150. If Canelo doesn’t fight Cotto of course. Bradley has got the frame to make that weight comfortably and it’s a fight for two who have a point to prove. It would be a fascinating encounter.

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The Jackal

Moving closer to home, in Belfast this weekend. We have the maiden event hosted by newly founded Cyclone Promotions, headed by Barry McGuigan. Headlined by Carl Frampton and aptly named “Frampton Comes Alive”, it pits him against relatively unknown Frenchman Jeremy Parodi.

It’s a fight that Frampton should win at a canter. I’ll be staggered if he doesn’t stop him inside 4.

Interestingly the mind games have already began against domestic rival Scott Quigg and ex promoter Eddie Hearn.

It was leaked on Twitter and later confirmed on camera that Matchroom have made an offer to Cyclone for a Quigg v Frampton match up in March 2014.

The timing is very convenient in my eyes, it’s the week before his fight to Parodi. After a long absence since earlier this year, Frampton needs to be 100% focused on the task in hand.

Are they aiming to unsettle him, make Frampton take his eye off the guy in front? Absolutely.

Frampton and his camp don’t suffer fools gladly and can see what stunt they are trying to pull.

Making the below quotes on the timing of the leak and a fair assessment of Quigg’s last fight:

“I thought Salinas won the fight by a round but they both looked very ordinary. The Cuban only lost the fight because he became lazy in the later rounds,” Frampton told the Belfast Newsletter.

“He could have won every round if he had continued to use his jab and I thought his tactics at the end of the fight were very strange. I think we all saw what Quigg has to offer on Saturday night and I think I could take him out in three rounds. He was wobbled on Saturday night by a couple of jabs and because of that he was too nervous to throw shots,” he added.

Quigg’s camp talked about facing IBF World champion Kiko Martinez, a fighter the undefeated Frampton has back in his sights, after the bout, but the European ring king believes that would prove a bad move.

“Kiko would blow him out of the water. He would destroy him.

“Quigg looked ordinary on Saturday night and hopefully we can meet in the future,” added Frampton.

I love that. This has a soap opera all over it. Love rat, jilted ex, new boyfriend.

Brilliant.

I’d have to back Frampton in 1st half of the fight as I believe his is technically a better fighter. Quigg possibly 2nd half of the fight on points. But he’d have to come out of the blocks Usain Bolt style against Frampton, as the fight could be over in 6 if he boxes like he did against Salinas.

Regardless, I hope this develops in to a real rivalry that spans a trilogy of fights, like Marquez v Pacquaio and a genuine animosity towards one another.

British boxing needs that. Bad blood sells. I’d go as far as to say I would prefer to see that fight than Brook v Khan. I really would.

My final point this week is David Price. The Liverpudlian Heavyweight who was much lauded as our next great Heavyweight, lost two shocking defeats to Tony Thompson this year.

He has surprisingly appointed “The Dark Lord” Adam Booth as his new trainer, which has surprised many people, myself included.

Firstly, for Price it’s a superb move. Gives him a much needed confidence boost, and having the best British trainer in his corner.

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Plenty to ponder…

A man who is renowned for his conditioning of his fighters, meticulous almost OCD approach to devising a game plan to defeat his man’s’ opponent.

For Booth, he has nothing to lose. If he turns Price around, it’s his finest achievement to date. If he fails, Price was already finished.

Price looked mentally and physically shot to shit in his 2nd fight to Thompson. He gave up, wasn’t returning any punches.

You have to question what mind-set Price is in. How much does he want it? Is he still hungry?

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He must be to a certain extent, or has displayed a sufficient amount to convince Booth to be in his corner.

You know that Booth will have him fitter than he ever has been. Sparring with Haye will do him the world of good, he’ll learn more than fighting many in that division.

I just have reservations of his boxing ability at the highest level.

Price is fortunate that he is in an era where we have a limited number credible Heavyweights. It is improving mind.You have the Klitschko’s, Haye, Fury, Wilder and Joshua in the future. Winning a title is still a strong possibility for Price.

With Booth I’d fancy him against anyone outside of the above list. So good luck to the guy and lets all get behind him.

Right, that’s your lot from me tonight. Need to get an early night in.

Tune in next week.

Cheers

Paul

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingBlog