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Ranking Carl Frampton's 5 Most Spectacular Knockouts

Ranking Carl Frampton's 5 Most Spectacular Knockouts
By Gavan Casey
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On Saturday night, Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton defends his WBA World featherweight title at the MGM Grand on the Vegas strip.

Ringwalks are expected between 4am and 5am, and the fight will be shown live on Sky Sports (You can listen to our prediction and breakdown with a very special guest here).

If you're new to the Frampton hype train, or fancy tuning in for the first time on Saturday night/Sunday morning to witness a legitimately world class Irish athlete, we've thrown together a little flavour of what makes Frampton such a special talent.

Here are five of the most spectacular stoppage victories from the Belfast man's undefeated professional career:

Carl Frampton TKO5 Chris Avalos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8qmA7JjU_M

The abrasive Avalos came into Belfast hot, snarling insults in Frampton's direction at every opportunity, and finding himself on the receiving end of some rare but entertaining barbs from 'The Jackal' in return.

The fight itself was compelling if one-sided. A spiteful Frampton defended his IBF World super-bantamweight title with an avalanche of thudding shots, eventually rendering Avalos near-unconscious on his feet.

The performance led to US boxing expert Al Bernstein declaring Frampton one of the top pugilistic talents anywhere on the globe.

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Carl Frampton KO2 Hugo Cazares (2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFIGIkg3a6o

After a tentative opening, Frampton delivered the commentator's curse on his smaller opponent with a thunderous left hook, almost blowing Cazares out of the Odyssey Arena.

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To the former long-reigning super-flyweight world champion's credit, he managed to clamber back to his knee, where the sheer weight of the shot and the raucous noise seemed to discombobulate him during the count. He was counted out at 10 and protested, but had he returned to his feet, a barrage of punishment would surely have awaited.

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Cazares only returned to the ring two years later, losing by stoppage to the unheralded Andrew Cancio, before retiring. When you consider he had lost just one of fifteen contests prior to his clash with Frampton, and then lost two consecutively, it would be fair to suggest 'Carlos' drew the curtain on his illustrious career.

Carl Frampton KO6 Jeremy Parodi (2013)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADSnovlJ2jM

Frampton had targetted the right side of his French adversary's rib-cage throughout the contest, and eventually a sniping left hook and delayed collapse from Parodi brought an end to a relatively tentative contest.

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It was a bodyshot from hell which saw Frampton retain his European title, and within the blink of an eye, world title shots beckoned for the Tigers Bay man.

It was just Parodi's second defeat in 37 contests.

Carl Frampton TKO7 Kris Hughes (2012)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44eJgJYwfpY

More of a blast from the past, this one, but a nuclear finish to a decent Commonwealth title scrap five years ago.

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The rangy 'Badger' proved a tricky adversary, having announced pre-fight that he wasn't 'in Belfast to fuck around'.

Neither was Carl Frampton, as it turned out, and he gunned Hughes down in the seventh with a monster hook. Hughes returned to Belfast in 2015 when he was defeated by upcoming Irish title challenger James Tennyson (via DQ).

Carl Frampton TKO9 Kiko Martinez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSwjri6CuhU

Prior to the ferocious right uppercut which did for former Bernard Dunne conqueror Kiko, Frampton produced a beautiful piece of footwork and caught the Spaniard as he rushed towards the ropes. It offered him his first moment of respite in nine compelling and difficult rounds. Martinez, clearly hurt, marched forwards as is his wont. He was swiftly put on his arse in spectacular fashion.

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Oddly, Martinez enjoyed a resurgence following his defeat, and indeed won a world title before the undefeated Frampton. Sadly for the Maravilla-promoted Martinez, however, Frampton repeated the feat 362 days later, easing his way to a decision victory after dropping Martinez once more.

SEE ALSO: Carl Frampton Reveals How Conor McGregor Sends Him Video Messages Ahead Of Big Fights

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