Carl Frampton’s trainer Shane McGuigan has a knack of picking results for his man. Shane often weighs in with his pre-fight predictions and this time is no different. He reckons mandatory challenger Chris Avalos will fail to hear the final bell on February 28 and Frampton will spark him in the middle rounds.

“I’m going to predict a knockout but it’s the other way around,” Shane opined, in response to Avalos’ own five or six round demolition claim.

“I predict that Carl will knock you [to Avalos] spark out in six-eight rounds. Chris chose the wrong Jackal.”

One aspect of Frampton’s pre-fight preparations that will not be lacking is the physical side of the game. Frampton’s strict dietary regime will not be interrupted by the Christmas period and if recent video evidence of his monkey bar challenge effort is anything to go by he is already in pretty fine fettle.

“We’ve started preparation and we are already in good shape, sparring 29 rounds this week,” agreed Shane McGuigan. “More importantly he’s getting better with each camp. [Frampton is] going to walk through Chris Avalos and achieve massive things. Scott Quigg, all the top super-bantamweights out there, he’s going to unify the division and move up because he’s got the right team behind him.”

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