FRAMPTON RECOVERS TO WIN US DEBUT
By TOM WATT on July 20 2015
This weekend saw Carl Frampton making a World Title Defense and his US Debut (via Al Haymon’s Premer Boxing Champions) in Texas against tough Mexican, Alejandro Gonzalex (25-2-, 15 KOs) in a fight that didn’t go quite as planned for ‘The Jackal’ after a disastrous first round saw Gonzalez score two knockdowns. Frampton recovered well, shook himself and re-composed as he went on to dominate every subsequent round (bar maybe the 9th), controlling the distance and landing some exquisite combinations in the process.
It wasn’t the dream US debut Team Frampton and Cyclone Promotions (headed by Barry McGuigan) were hoping for but it was an entertaining fight and with the bout televised on free-to-air TV in America and the UK, it was a big night for the Belfast man who can now look forward to bigger fights on both sides of the pond. Here’s what the man himself had to say following his latest win.
"I didn't feel great in the first round. I got up from two flash knockdowns, though, and recovered well. The kid could punch very well. I got up and showed courage. I came back and won most of the rounds and gave excitement."
Everyone will now want to see him fight fellow Brit (and WBA regular Champion), Scott Quigg in a domestic unification showdown - that fight seems likely to happen at some point although it may not be next in-line for either man as the promoter’s jockey for the stronger negotiating position. With Rigondeaux looking likely to move to 126 lbs to fight Lomachenko, the other belts in the division may open up and that could lead to some very entertaining match-ups.
1. FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.
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