A home title defence is in the pipeline for new IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton after the New Year as promoter Barry McGuigan confirmed the Irishman’s next outing this week.
Undefeated Frampton, 27, will battle American mandatory Chris ‘The Hitman’ Avalos in Belfast on a date to be confirmed by Cyclone Promotions in the near future, but said to be taking place in February or March of 2015.
‘The Jackal’ defeated Spanish rival Kiko Martinez for a second time in early September at Titanic Quarter to pick up his first world title belt and will aim to record a 20th straight win since turning professional with victory over Avalos.
Avalos, who is two years younger than Frampton but has two losses from his 27 contests, heads into his maiden world title shot having scored four stoppages in six wins since a split reverse against Jhonatan Romero in 2012.
The Californian was put forward by the WBA to tackle unified champion and Olympic legend Guillermo Rigondeaux earlier this year, but not surprisingly decided against facing the formidable Cuban, who is the most avoided fighter in the sport today.
Frampton may be seen an easier option for Avalos and his team, although the bookies will still have the challenger as a huge underdog in the betting as he attempts to dethrone the champion in his home city.