At last, after many years in the wilderness, boxing is making a comeback to one of the two mainstream television channels in the UK. ITV is dipping its toes back into the boxing water by showcasing Belfast's Carl Frampton this Saturday night on its main channel. Frampton is in action against American Chris Avalos and is defending his IBF super-bantamweight belt in the process. Although Channel 5 has been showing boxing fairly regularly over the past couple of years, that channel is still considered subservient to the traditional main channels, BBC1 and ITV. It is a crucial weekend then for our sport in Britain and who better to represent us than the brilliant Ulsterman Frampton. The show takes place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast and, as is always the case, the place will be jumping!
If Chris Avalos has his way, this will be a "one and done" return to the mainstream for us, as a win for the visitor will surely curtail further involvement from ITV. He is certainly a live challenger for Frampton, who will have to be on his game in order to successfully defend his title. Luckily for us, Frampton is always on his game. With the ever popular Barry McGuigan running his camp and Barry's son Shane in his corner, what could possibly go wrong? Hang on, this is boxing, let us not count those chickens too soon.