- Dan Rafael, Boxing
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Junior featherweight titlist Carl Frampton's defense against mandatory challenger Chris Avalos on Feb. 28 at the Odyssey Arena in Frampton's hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, will have American television coverage. AWE (the former WealthTV) announced on Wednesday that it will carry the fight live (start time TBA). Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs), who won the 122-pound belt Sept. 6 in Belfast by outpointing Kiko Martinez in a rematch, will be making his first defense when he faces Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs), of Lancaster, California, who will be fighting for a world title for the first time.
"We are very excited to bring this great title bout to the American fans," AWE president Charles Herring said. "We televised Frampton's last bout with Martinez and it was an excellent fight. Avalos is the No. 1 contender and we know he is eager to bring the belt back to the United States."
• Golden Boy Promotions boss Oscar De La Hoya unveiled the particulars for the revamped Los Angeles-based "Fight Night Club" on Wednesday. The monthly series, which returns on March 6 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 10 p.m. ET) at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, has been renamed "LA Fight Club." Headliner Joseph Diaz Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs), a junior featherweight prospect from South El Monte, California, and a 2012 U.S. Olympian, will take on Mexico's Geovanny Delgado (15-2, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout. Also slated for the broadcast are junior lightweight Christian Gonzalez (8-0, 8 KOs) against an opponent to be named in a six-rounder and an all-Los Angeles junior lightweight fight between Santiago Guevara (8-0, 3 KOs) against Carlos Morales (6-1-3, 3 KOs) in a six-rounder.
• Like Top Rank's other non-pay-per-view cards from the Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena in Macau, China, the one on March 7 will have American television coverage split over two networks on same-day tape delay. HBO2 (5 p.m. ET/PT) will carry Chinese flyweight star Zou Shiming (6-0, 1 KOs), the two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur champion, challenging titleholder Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs) of Thailand in the main event and Passaic, New Jersey, junior middleweight Glen Tapia (22-1, 14 KOs) against Australia's Daniel Dawson (40-4-1, 26 KOs). On UniMas (11 p.m. ET/PT), the main fight of its coverage will be Mexican lightweight Jose Felix Jr. (28-1-1, 23 KOs) in an eight-round bout against the Philippines' Raymond Sermona (17-4-5, 8 KOs).
• According to Star Boxing, "Friday Night Fight" fan favorite junior middleweight Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs) is off the Feb. 27 card because opponent Eliezer Gonzalez (14-1, 9 KOs) got sick and dropped out. The new co-feature pits welterweights Raymond Serrano (20-2, 9 KOs) and Jeremy Bryan (17-5, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight. The card at the Paramount in Huntington, New York, is headlined by junior welterweight brawler Cletus Seldin (15-0, 12 KOs) against Johnny Garcia (19-2-1, 11 KOs).
A few notes from around the boxing world: • Junior featherweight titlist Carl Frampton's defense against mandatory challenger Chris Avalos on Feb.