Carl Frampton targets Scott Quigg after beating Chris Avalos

Chris Avalos is knocked down Carl Frampton at the Odyssey Arena
Chris Avalos is knocked down Carl Frampton at the Odyssey Arena

Carl Frampton retained his IBF super-bantamweight title with an impressive fifth-round stoppage of mandatory challenger Chris Avalos at a raucous Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

The Belfast man was making the first defence of the world crown he won by defeating Kiko Martinez last September and he did not disappoint his vocal home fans on Saturday night.

Frampton rocked his American opponent in the second round and then stepped up his assault in the fifth before referee Howard John Foster stopped the contest midway through the round.

The bout was the first world title fight on British soil to be shown live on terrestrial television since 2008, and after disposing of Avalos, Frampton quickly turned his attention to a potential domestic showdown with British rival and WBA regular world champion Scott Quigg.

Frampton said: “I would love it. I think Scott wants it, it’s a summer showdown between the both of us. It’s a massive fight but Scott needs to remember who’s the real world champion.”