BELFAST, IRELAND — Carl Frampton got the last laugh in the war of words with Chris Avalos by scoring an emphatic fifth round TKO to retain the IBF super bantamweight title.
Frampton begun going to work by nailing Avalos with clean right hands in the second. His best success came from keeping the bout at mid-range, where his better technique nullfied a 5.5-inch reach advantage for Avalos.
A flush right hand buckled Avalos in the fifth. Although he didn’t go down, Frampton never allowed Avalos time to recover and secured a referee stoppage with no complaints from the challenger.
QUIGG AND THEN UNIFICATION?: Frampton affirmed his desire to face Scott Quigg next in a big money UK showdown. If he wins, Frampton then will look towards a unification withthe division’s true champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux, or WBC title-holder Leo Santa Cruz. Because of Frampton’s drawing power in Ireland, he’ll likely hold the negotiation advantage of getting either of thsoe fights in his home country.
Between these unification options, Rigondeaux is the much tougher bout, but the Cuban is also the fighter who’s proven recently that he’ll travel. Frampton’s power gives him a puncher’s chance in that one. With Santa Cruz, who let his Golden Boy contract get brought out to avoid Rigondeaux, is unlikely to head to Belfast when his adviser Al Haymon can get him seven-figure paydays against sub-par competition.[youtube http://youtu.be/Zk7epxD-5YI]