Chris Avalos insists that the IBF super-bantamweight title should be his personal property. Speaking to the Californian on the telephone recently he described his displeasure at the Frampton-Martinez world title affair and described it as a “secret fight”.
2015 promises to be an exciting year for Irish pugilists and fight fans with two world champions, Carl Frampton and Andy Lee, leading the way at super-bantamweight and middleweight respectively. Belfast is widely recognised as Irish boxing’s fight capital and Mark Dunlop has found a niche venue for his fighters.
Carl Frampton’s trainer Shane McGuigan has a knack of picking results for his man. Shane often weighs in with his pre-fight predictions and this time is no different. He reckons mandatory challenger Chris Avalos will fail to hear the final bell on February 28 and Frampton will spark him in the middle rounds.
From the desk of Kronk Press Officer Damian McCann: “Andy Lee from Limerick, Ireland wakes up this morning [written on Sunday] as the new WBO world middleweight champion following an impressive sixth round stoppage win over Matt Korobov last night in Las Vegas, USA. Lee started the fight by keeping matters at long range and was patience using his jab and picking his punches.
There is no doubt that September’s Titanic Showdown captured the public’s imagination as Carl Frampton swept home to word title glory in front of a capacity crowd. Not only did the event draw a mammoth gathering of ardent fans but there were plenty of familiar faces planted around ringside lapping up the big fight atmosphere.
Dee Walsh landed the Irish title in explosive style on Saturday, November 22 by removing fellow challenger Terry Maughan in the second round of a scheduled 10. Walsh took home the domestic crown at light-middleweight and this victory may only be the start for the talented Belfast starlet. Dee has certainly turned his career around after pushing through a spell of adversity away from the ring to finally land his first major belt.