Frampton laughs off sticky situation ahead of big fight

IBF World super-bantamweight Champion Carl Frampton
IBF World super-bantamweight Champion Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton was in confident mood at the Europa Hotel weigh-in on Friday, despite being hit with something he definitely wasn’t expecting – a piece of chewing gum, said to have been thrown by his opponent’s mother.

Frampton tweeted: “On another note, Avalos’ mother hit me with a bit of chewing gum straight out of her mouth. Lovely lady she is.”

However, the management team of US challenger Chris Avalos deny such an incident took place,

The Tigers Bay fighter has been inundated with good luck messages ahead of his first defence of the IBF super-bantamweight title he won last September.

Sports minister Caral Ni Chuilin said: “Carl is a great ambassador for boxing and I know the dedication and training that all boxers demonstrate in the lead-up to fights.”

UUP sports spokesman Leslie Cree also hailed Frampton as an inspiration and added: “In addition to the sell-out crowd at the Odyssey, Carl will know that he will have the whole of Northern Ireland cheering him on as they watch on television”.

At a press conference on Thursday, Avalos accused Frampton of being born with a “silver spoon in his mouth,” prompting the retort: “I’m from T Bay, mate... that’s the ghetto!”