Carl Frampton pays tribute after former opponent Alejandro Gonzalez Jr murdered in Mexico
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, who Carl Frampton fought in the United States last year, has been "executed" in Mexico, according to reports.
The 23-year-old was found dead alongside two others in a jeep near his home in Guadalajara on Friday morning, ESPN reported.
Gonzalez Junior fought Frampton in El Paso, Texas in July last year with Belfast's Jackal retaining his IBF Super-Bantamweight title.
That was despite the Mexican knocking down the Tigers Bay man twice.
Frampton was given the bout after 12 rounds in El Paso, with two judges scoring 116-108 in his favour while the third scored it 115-109.
"One of the nicest guys I've shared a ring with," Frampton said in a Friday night tweet.
Absolutely heartbreaking news about the passing of Alejandro Gonzalez jr. Spoke at length with him in El Paso about our families. So sad— Christine Frampton (@XtineDorrian) December 9, 2016
After their bout, Frampton described his opponent as a "warrior".
"Gonzalez, though, deserves credit, he was a lot better than I thought," he said.