Carl Frampton vs Chris Avalos to Be Broadcast on ITV Network


When Carl Frampton’s mandatory defense against American Chris Avalos was officially announced last month, It was expected that the fight would end up on Sky Sports. However, today ITV is announcing that they will broadcast the fight that takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This will mark the return of boxing to the big network since it left a half dozen years ago.

Frampton, who won his IBF super bantamweight title last September in a rematch against Kiko Martinez, fought his last few fights on subscription-based channel Boxnation. While the channel is a must have for hardcore boxing fans, the reach of Boxnation is very limited. One of the reasons why Frampton and his promoter Barry McGuigan decided to leave the channel.

Frampton is arguably the most talented fighter of this new wave of fighters emerging across the United Kingdom. But while already a big celebrity in his hometown of Belfast, the fighter is hardly known in the rest of the United Kingdom. This move to terrestrial TV will heavily increase ‘The Jackal’s popularity across the country and will also strengthen his quest for a super bout with ‘regular’ WBA champion Scott Quigg.

After a terrible 2014 with tons of mismatches and countless PPV’s both in the United States as the United Kingdom, boxing is looking a lot better for 2015. Not only are exciting fights on the horizon, in both countries boxing is making a comeback on the big networks.