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UTV Ireland confirm they will broadcast Carl Frampton's world title defence

The Belfast boxer takes on Chris Avalos on 28 February.

Carl Frampton's world title defence will be shown on UTV Ireland.
Carl Frampton's world title defence will be shown on UTV Ireland.
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UTV IRELAND TODAY confirmed it had secured exclusive broadcasting rights for the IBF Super Batamweight bout on 28 February that will see Carl Frampton defend his world title for the first time.

The Belfast boxer will take on Chris Avalos in the eagerly anticipated fight in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena and while it has been known for some time that ITV – which is available on the Sky TV platform in Ireland – would broadcast it, subscribers to UPC were unsure if UTV Ireland would bid for the rights.

However, the broadcaster today confirmed the fight will be carried live on 28 February at 10.50pm. The undercard, however, will not be broadcast until after the main event.

Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to have secured exclusive broadcasting rights for what is guaranteed to be an exciting battle between our own Carl Frampton and Chris Avalos. Carl has had unprecedented success in recent years under the watchful eye of boxing legend, Barry McGuigan, as well as Barry’s son Shane, who is Carl’s trainer.

“UTV Ireland is looking at all sports broadcasting rights, on a case by case basis and, after securing the rights to broadcast highlights of Ireland’s Cricket World Cup campaign last week, we are very proud to be supporting this fantastic young athlete and providing exclusive coverage of such a large scale event, to our audiences.”

Speaking today, Barry McGuigan said:

“This is a great day for Carl and a great day for the sport of boxing. We are delighted that UTV Ireland will be bringing World Championship boxing to fans across the Republic of Ireland.

“Irish people are some of the most passionate boxing fans in the world and, with Carl’s fight now being made available to the masses, we know the country will get behind him and show their support.”

Originally published at 14.13

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