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Carl Frampton is ready to hand out some shock and awe

Carl Frampton knows all about enjoying the backing of a strong fan base but it's now time for the Jackal Army to entice some new blood and Saturday night at the Don Haskins Centre is where the recruitment drive starts, writes David Kelly.

Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez jr and his supporters are hoping to enjoy an upset victory in Frampton's second defence of the IBF World super-bantamweight title but the Belfast man believes they will walk away with a very different opinion come Saturday afternoon, El Paso time.

Indeed, Frampton senses a running theme when it comes to the biggest fights of his career with many opponents - such as Chris Avalos - falling to his own version of shock treatment.

"Avalos was genuinely up for it and he probably thought I was a hype job, overrated and then he soon found out he was wrong," said Frampton.

"I remember the first shot I hit him with, the left hook and his eyes went wide open, he didn't believe he would be hit that hard.

"Then in the second round he tried to have a go and put the pressure on but he soon realised it wasn't going to be his night.

"I think most of these guys don't realise how hard I hit. They have seen me up on my toes and boxing on the back foot, flicking out jabs but when I plant my feet I can knock any of these guys out, it doesn't matter who they are, whenever you hit them hard they will go backwards a wee bit.

"In the first fight with Kiko he kept coming and coming and I knocked him out; the second fight, although it went the distance, he was tamed, he wasn't as reckless, he was thinking every time 'I better not walk into one here' - he was more cautious.

"They all know once I whack them hard that they are in for a tough night and that's something that I try to do early on. I want to hit them hard and make them think twice."

The 28-year-old feels the Hispanic/American early impression of him may be down to a general misconception about British fighters.

"I think the Americans and the Mexicans underestimate British fighters, probably in some cases because you get these Mexicans and they turn pro at 15-years-old and their records may not look great because they've had a few losses but they have been fighting men and they're learning and then you look at some of the records of the British fighters and they're really padded," he said.

"You put them in the deep end with a Mexican or South American and they get beat - so to a certain extent they are justified and maybe that's what they think about me.

"One thing about the Mexicans, they know a good fighter and you can see that with the way they are getting behind the middleweight star Gennady Golovkin, they love him, they think he's a great fighter.

"They appreciate his style, his mentality, they think he will fight anyone and I think it's important to look good and I could have these guys on my side as well.

"I have full belief that I will go into this fight with some boos but I'll come out and they'll be shaking my hand and saying well done and that would be great to gain their respect."

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