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Carl Frampton will make his first world title defence early next year

Frampton to face IBF mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in Belfast.

Frampton: Hand injury delayed his first title defence.
Frampton: Hand injury delayed his first title defence.
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CARL FRAMPTON WILL make the first defence of his world super-bantamweight title in early 2015.

The IBF champion will return to the ring in February or March to face mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in Belfast.

Further details will be confirmed at a press conference next week, Frampton’s promoters said.

The 27-year-old has not fought since 6 September when he clinched the world title with a unanimous decision over Kiko Martinez.

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He was due to face Avalos within 90 days but was given an exemption while he recovered from a hand injury.

Avalos (25-2, 19 KO) has been waiting for his title shot since May when he stopped Yasutaka Ishimoto in eight rounds in their IBF eliminator.

The 25-year-old Californian, who is promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, kept busy last month with a win against Jose Cen Torres.

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