Carl Frampton will not be saved by home fans insists Chris Avalos

Chris Avalos arrives at Belfast City Airport
Chris Avalos arrives at Belfast City Airport

Chris Avalos has landed in Belfast with no fears about facing Carl Frampton at the Odyssey on Saturday night.

American Avalos will challenge Frampton for the Belfast fighter’s IBF Super-bantamweight World title.

‘The Jackal’ enters the ring as a big favourite with boxing pundits and the bookmakers.

But Avalos believes the IBF belt is coming home with him to California.

“Nothing concerns me about the way he fights. I am not impressed at all. I’ve seen shots land on him, and if I had landed those shots he would be knocked out.

“And if he thinks being in his home town, that the fans will save him then he is wrong.

“ I will go out there on February 28 and win the fight. This title is coming home with me. My shot is finally here and I am ready,” he added.

And Avalos says he has done his honework on the Belfast fighter.

“I have been watching him for about a year - because my brother was watching a video of him and told me to watch it because I would end up fighting him.

“My bother was saying ‘watch this dude, he is from Ireland and you will fight him at some stage’ - so I sat down and watched two or three rounds but I never thought that it would happen and it’s also for a world title,” he added.