Chris Avalos ready to ‘whip’ Carl Frampton at the Odyssey Arena

Chris Avalos and Carl Frampton exchange verbals
Chris Avalos and Carl Frampton exchange verbals

Chris Avalos talked the talk at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Thursday – but will he walk the walk at the Odyssey Arena on February 28?

The fast-talking American will challenge Carl Frampton for the Belfast fighter’s IBF Super-bantamweight title in front of what should be a packed out arena.

But Avalos – who has won 25 of his 27 fights – looked comfortably at ease at yesterday’s press conference at the Belfast venue as he told everyone present that he was going to be the new IBF champion on February 28.

“I know that I can whip his backside. I cannot respect any other fighter in the ring,” he said.

“You can respect any fighter outside the ring but once you are in there you are nobodies friend.

“Nobody is going to take it easy on you and nobody is going to go easy on you.

“I believe in myself and I am ready for this challenge. I believe I will win the fight and I can see that lovely belt over there and it will be mine on February 28.

“I know it and he knows it. The people at the press conference can giggle and laugh when I say that, but he knows it and I know it. I will beat him.”

And the American even had time to slate Frampton’s two performances against Kiko Martinez.

“Frampton is weak and he should have stopped Martinez quicker than he did. I would have had Martinez out of there quicker than he did and I have not been impressed with what I have witnessed from Frampton.

“I have been watching him for a year and I can see his strengths and weaknesses. I have been working on things in the gym that will take advantage of the things we have seen.

“But I am not going to tell you guys what we have spotted. You will see when I beat him on February 28,” added Avalos.

But Frampton says he will be ready for whatever Avalos has in his locker.

“He was playing mind games in the press conference but that does not bother me,” ‘The Jackal’ said.

“He says I cannot punch. But a ring is a ring and when he is standing in front of me he will find out if I can punch or not.

“He seems a bit silly and he says he has been dreaming about me. But let us face facts – he will be sleeping on February 28.”

Frampton – who won the IBF title in September – says he is enjoying life as the champion.

“All the fights now are hard fights because I am the champion.

“They are all against top quality fighters and there are huge fights out there for me. Next year is going to be a huge year for me,” he added.

And Frampton had one last word of warning for Avalos.

“I will knock him out and then he will have some respect,” he added.