Super-bantamweight contender Chris Avalos reckons that he is one of the most avoided boxers in the 122lb weight class. Highly-ranked with both the the IBF and WBO the 24-year-old fancies a crack at the best and gives short shrift to any suggestion that pound-for-pound talent Guillermo Rigondeaux has no willing and able competition.
“Rigondeaux is a chump. I’ve been ranked in the WBO number one spot for the world title and it was supposed to be mandatory that we fight,” scathed Avalos.
Belfast banger Dee Walsh has discovered a new enthusiasm for boxing. Any doubts over his commitment to the sport, following a lengthy layoff, were dispelled in double-quick time as the 24-year-old bombed out fellow unbeaten Krisztian Duka in the Devenish on May 10. Dee has signed up with Mark Dunlop and believes that he is now on the road to fulfilling his vast potential.
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The referee crouched to his knees and stared directly into the eyes of the grizzled Mexican veteran. Hugo Cazares looked across the ring at his adversary and winked. Carl Frampton stood motionless in a neutral corner, waiting for further instructions from referee Victor Loughlin – waiting to be unleashed so he could finish the job.
Sonny Upton has pushed his unfortunate debut defeat firmly into the past and the welterweight prospect is now eager to positively channel the experiences gained from some high-quality sparring sessions. After negotiating his way past Kevin McCauley in February the 24-year-old showed he has the skills and cool temperament to go far in professional boxing.
Even though Ricky Hatton’s once-burgeoning professional stable may be a little depleted these days the ex-world champion is still optimistic about the future.