“I’m going to knock him out” was Carl Frampton’s confident prediction after yesterday’s noisy weigh-in at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
With the Grand Ballroom packed to capacity with Frampton fans, ‘The Jackal’ and opponent Chris Avalos got on the scales before their IBF World title fight at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday.
I’m the biggest punching super-bantamweight in the world so it’s not rocket science what’s going to happen.Carl Frampton
Both fighters made the Super-bantamweight weight but Avalos took two attempts to get himself inside the eight stone 10 pounds limit.
Tempers then became a little frayed at the face-to-face – but after the pushing and shoving had ended Frampton was resolute with his answer to the gathered press.
“I am going to knock him out,” said the poker-faced Frampton.
And the Tiger’s Bay fighter could not believe the support that turned up on a Friday afternoon to welcome Avalos to Belfast.
“There is more and more fans at the weigh-in and that was amazing.
“I did not expect that, to be honest, but the noise there frightened him and I got hit by a bit of chewing gum that his mother threw at me. Lovely lady,” he added.
And the undefeated fighter says there is only going to be one winner.
“If I turn up, I’ll win the fight, simple as that.
“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’ll go in there expecting a tough fight. I’m the biggest punching super-bantamweight in the world so it’s not rocket science what’s going to happen.
“I’m ready for him, I’m well prepared and I’m going to knock him out.
“I go into each fight with a mind-set that you’re going to have to hit me with a hammer to stop me going forward, and even that’s not going to stop me.
“We’ve been working to a game-plan we think is going to beat this guy and we’ve brought in sparring partners to try to replicate Avalos’s style as much as possible.
“This is the best training camp we’ve ever had and I’ve sparred with a lot of good guys.
“I’m an improved fighter and I’m walking a bit taller with that air of confidence you get from being a champion,”
And Frampton says Saturday night’s crowd will make the bill special.
“You can’t beat the atmosphere here and if I have a few away days in the States I’m sure I’ll bring a few with me there too.
“Everyone knows I love this place and I promote it wherever I go. It’s a great city and the support I get is unbelievable.”
The crowd at Friday’s weigh-in was in your face, hostile and noisy – but Avalos says that does not concern him.
“Belfast is his safety belt. This is why he does not leave because he is so scared and afraid to go out to different venues and different places.
“I have been to China, Texas, everywhere.
“I have travelled to other unbeaten fighters’ backyards and beaten them.
“This is not new to me. This does not faze me at all,” he added.
“For him to always want to be here and fight here is not a champion.
“A true champion is someone who goes all over the world to fight.
“This fight is not going to go the distance. That is my prediction.
“I am not going to pick a round or say anything like that, but my prediction is that it is not going to go all 12 rounds, it’s not.
“I am going to win. He knows it and I know it,” said Avalos.