Former Frampton foe Chris Avalos to fight Mexican hotshot Óscar Valdez

Former Carl Frampton foe, Chris Avalos [26(19)-3(1)], has been selected as the next opponent for one of World boxing’s hottest prospects. The brash American, who is a targeting a rematch with ‘The Jackal,’ will face Mexican featherweight sensation Óscar Valdez [16(14)-0] in a headline bout at the Cosmopolitan Casino in Las Vegas on September 11th.

Avalos made a successful return to the ring last week after his one-sided defeat to Carl Frampton when he challenged for the Belfast man’s IBF super bantamweight title back in February. The Californian stood in as a late replacement for Jessie Magdaleno, and scored a comprehensive eight-round points win over Filipino Ray Perez.

Irish boxing fans may remember Valdez as the man who John Joe Nevin defeated at the 2012 Olympics in London to guarantee himself a bronze medal. The hard punching Mexican, a two-time Olympian, had Nevin in serious trouble in the final round, knocking him down with a body shot, but the Mullingar man rallied to box his way to a deserved win.

Avalos constitutes the toughest test of Valdez’s fledgling pro career to date. The bout will be screened on Tru TV.

Joe O'Neill

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