Big news for Carl Frampton as it has been announced that he is to make his US debut against Alejandro Gonzalez. The IBF super-bantamweight champion will defend his title against the Mexican in El Paso, Texas on July 18.
The bout will be the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card to be broadcast on American TV on CBS. It has been long expected that Frampton would make the trip across the Atlantic since signing with adviser Al Haymon. Manager, Barry McGuigan, backs Frampton to win over US fans with his all action style.
Although his young opponent has won 22 out of his 25 fights, Frampton remains confident despite the fact that the Mexican will have the larger backing of the live crowd, stating:
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr is a dangerous Mexican challenger but he has never fought anyone like me and on the 18th of July he is in for a big, big shock. I feel I am the best super-bantamweight in the world and I am excited to box in front of a huge television audience in the USA.
It will be Frampton's second defence of his title having defeated mandatory challenger Chris Avalos with a fifth-round knock-out in Belfast this February.