Today at 5:50 pm EST on ITV (UK), Carl Frampton meets Chris Avalos in the first defense of Frampton’s IBF super bantamweight title.
Carl Frampton and Chris Avalos have had some dramatic moments this week, from a heated presser exchange on Thursday to a shoving incident at the weigh-in, and today they will bring that energy and bad blood to the ring, as Frampton defends the IBF super bantamweight title in Belfast against the American challenger.
Frampton (19-0, 13 KO) beat Kiko Martinez in September to lift the title, and has emerged as arguably the second-best super bantamweight in the world behind true champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. The 28-year-old has also become a reliable drawing card in Belfast, and will be fighting at home for the sixth straight time at what has really become his second home, Odyssey Arena.
Avalos (25-2, 19 KO) has a couple of losses and is a big underdog today for sure, but he doesn’t stack up as a total pushover, either. The 25-year-old “Hitman” has won six straight, including an IBF eliminator against Yasutaka Ishimoto in May 2014. He was recently named mandatory challenger to Rigondeaux, but turned that down to instead face Frampton.
We’ll be here with live coverage this evening (early evening, but evening), so join us!