#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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Who will be the first to discover the Haymon Matrix?

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2014 some 15 years after the release of the hit movie starring Keanu Reeves; boxing it appears has it’s own version of The Matrix.

The mysterious and somewhat allusive figure of Al Haymon has created a fictitious world which his fighters operate in.

A man who let’s face it suffers from a clear social anxiety order is the most talked about person in the sport.
Very rarely do we see a video interview on YouTube with an American based fighter who doesn’t mention him.

Why does he have such an iron grip on the sport?

I could fill the rest of this post with who he represents, what is most concerning for me is – what is the end goal?

Money?

Of course that must have a significant importance on his agenda. We all get up in the morning and commute somewhere for the exchange of crisp currency for service.

But he was already a wealthy man before boxing; culminating a treasure chest of booty from representing some of the largest American artists in history.

The biggest concern for me is the fear his fighters have in calling anyone out.

Why the reluctance?

Do you get penalised?

Whatever happened to YOLO?

It’s a short, tough career, surely you want to create your own legacy?

Recently we’ve seen 140lb champion Danny Garcia slaughtered for his fight against Rod Salka, a man who greatest respect should have been a sparring partner. Last week Adrien Broner beat Emmanuel Taylor as expected, post-fight when quizzed who he wants next the response was surprisingly scripted for him:

My next opponent SHOULD be Lucas Matthysse”

Not “would like” or “I want”, it was “should”!

What ever happened to fighters calling fighters out?

The best wanting to fight the best?

Bernard Hopkins has spoken out about this recently, and thus prompted him to take the Sergey Kovalev fight. Huge respect to him.

It desperately needs to change as it’s becoming a cancer for our sport.

This Saturday see’s his prize-stable-stud Floyd Mayweather Jr face Marcos Maidana in a rematch of their earlier encounter this year. The undercard is the poorest I’ve seen for sometime.

I’m a huge Floyd fan but if I was living in America, I would struggle to justify the $75 fee based on the supporting cast of Mayhem.

Leo Santa Cruz the WBC Super-Bantamweight champion has stated numerous times that he wants newly crowned IBF Champion Carl Frampton, or WBA regular Champion Scott Quigg.

What happens when representatives of each camp get in touch? They get excuses as to why it can’t happen.

An “0” on your record means fuck all if you haven’t fought the best in your division. I’m sorry, but that’s how it is.

It brings me back to my initial point of this article; we need a Haymon fighter to break free from The Matrix and my money is on Keith Thurman.

One Time is challenging the almighty hierarchy and you get the feeling he is beginning to question what he is being fed.

He one of few calling out people; he wants Top Rank fighters, he wants Broner, Khan and I admire the bollocks on this guy.

It is only a matter of time before he is either banished in exile for desecrating his cherry-picking-path or he walks on his own accord.

So Keith, do you take the blue pill or the red one?

 

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@PaulReady
@EliteBoxingNet

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#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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