By Niall Doran
BOXING BACK ON TERRESTRIAL TV IN THE UK!
Some substantial news has emerged within Irish and UK boxing this afternoon relating to undefeated Belfast World Champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton.
At a press conference this afternoon in London it has been announced that the Belfast man will box live on ITV and will see professional boxing return to terrestrial television for the first time in many, many years! His first fight with the broadcaster will be screened on February 28th when he defends his title against challenger Chris Avalos.
ITV will screen live IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton’s eagerly awaited first title defence against Chris Avalos. Boxing fans will be able to enjoy free to air coverage of all the action from the CWM FX sponsored bout taking place in Belfast on February 28.
Promoted by Barry McGuigan’s CWM Cyclone Promotions, Frampton v Avalos will be broadcast live and exclusive on ITV’s flagship main channel. A top quality undercard, featuring a world title eliminator plus a number of exciting international bouts involving some of the best prospects in British boxing, will be screened live on ITV4.
Frampton vs Avalos will be the first World championship fight staged in the UK to be broadcast live on terrestrial television since Carl Froch beat Jean Pascal for the WBC Super Middleweight title in 2008. Amir Khan featured in the last live broadcast abroad against Paulie Malignaggi in New York in 2010.
FRAMPTON VS AVALOS – TALE OF THE TAPE
Nickname: The Jackal
Record: 19 (13) – 0
Height: 5’ 5½” (165cm)
Reach: 65” (165cm)
Titles Held: IBF World Super Bantamweight (current), European (EBU), Commonwealth, IBF Intercontinental and Celtic Super Bantamweight
Hometown: Lancaster, California
Nickname: The Hitman
Record: 25 (19) – 2
Height: 5’ 7” (170cm)
Reach: 67½” (171cm)
Titles Held: WBO Intercontinental and WBO NABO Bantamweight, NABA USA Super Bantamweight – IBF Super Bantamweight Mandatory Challenger, WBO Super Bantamweight Mandatory Challenger
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