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Frampton-Avalos Title Fight To Air On ITV In UK

By Terence Dooley

British boxing was handed a massive boost earlier today when Belfast's Carl Frampton, 19-0 (13), revealed that his IBF Super bantamweight defence against Chris Avalos, 25-2 (19), will be shown live on terrestrial TV.  ITV have picked up the rights for the mandatory bout, which takes place at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on February 28. 

Barry and Shane McGuigan have guided Frampton's career throughout, showing a lot of faith in his ability and potential popularity from day one.  Indeed, Barry netted ITV huge figures in the 1980s when his world featherweight title tussles against Eusebio Pedroza and Danilo Cabrera made their respective year’s Top Tens, bringing in 18 and 18.30 million viewers in 1985 and 1986 respectively.  Frampton will hope to post impressive figures for his maiden defence. 

It is the first defence of the belt "The Jackal" won by out-pointing Kiko Martinez in September.  The Irish fans turned out in force for that one, and the decision to fight on a free-to-air network will further increase his exposure and appeal.

Avalos earned his spurs by Yasutaka Ishimoto in May; he marked time by scoring a fifth-round stoppage win over Jose Sen Torres in November.  The 25-year-old is known as "The Hitman" and will has set his sight's on Frampton's crown, pledging to bring it back home to California.

Frampton, though, is the clear favourite, the 27-year-old will be inspired by the move to ITV and will want to send out a statement to Scott Quigg, his domestic rival, and the rest of the division's titlists.  

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by VicariousVice on 01-27-2015

Will it air on FN in Canada like his last bout with Kiko?

Comment by Teetotaler on 01-27-2015

What's ITV? Does that mean its gonna be on regular tv instead of cable?

Comment by jacksonrr on 01-27-2015

I remember ITV had Khan on alot in his early career before he went to Sky. So this & the GGG vs Murray fight on Channel 5?! great :D Hope this is a sign of things to come.

Comment by Mick Higgs on 01-27-2015

Best news ever! Long live Reg Guttridge!!......

Comment by Chrismart on 01-27-2015

Good news. Could help grow Frampton's (already big) following Golovkin is on Channel 5 the weekend after also, i think.

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