Carl Frampton wants to fight Scott Quigg after beating Chris Avalos

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Carl Frampton says Scott Quigg bout 'must now happen'

Belfast's Carl Frampton wants a unification fight with Scott Quigg following a first successful defence of his IBF super-bantamweight title.

Frampton, 28, stopped Californian Chris Avalos midway through the fifth round of the contest at the Odyssey Arena.

"I'd love to fight Scott Quigg in a summer showdown. It would be massive. It should happen," said Frampton.

"I would leave Belfast if I had to. If I have to travel for a fight against Scott Quigg, then that's OK."

Frampton's impressive victory saw him extend his unblemished professional record to 20 wins from 20 fights and his manager Barry McGuigan believes he is "the best super-bantamweight in the world".

"Carl was only in third gear against Avalos," said the former WBA featherwieght champion.

"People talk about Scott Quigg (WBA regular champion), Guillermo Rigondeaux (WBO and WBA super champion) and Leo Santa Cruz (holder of WBC belt), but Carl is a sensational fighter and over the next few years we will prove that.

"We are happy to do business and willing to compromise regarding any future fight with Quigg but he has to remember who the real champion is and who draws the crowd."

Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg
Frampton and Quigg chatted amiably in the ring about the prospects of a fight

Quigg said after the fifth defence of his belt in November that a fight against Frampton is "the one I want".

The 26-year-old Bury fighter, who is also unbeaten, was in the audience in Belfast and climbed into the ring to reiterate his desire for the fight to go ahead.

Frampton described his triumph over the American in front of a sell-out 9,000 crowd as "very easy" in an arena with "an incredible atmosphere".

"With each performance I'm getting better and better and that was my best yet," he said.

"I needed to be patient, I needed to frustrate him, and he was blowing by the second or third round.

"I hit him with some clean shots and I don't know how he stayed up. I felt great in there and after the first round I knew I had him - when he turned his back I knew he wanted out.

"He was a tough guy but from the first round he was slow and I felt comfortable.

"This place is like my home - I've had four or five fights here and I knock people out when I come here, simple as."

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