Bring it on: Carl Frampton can't wait to get into El Paso ring and Chavez backs him to be a Stateside hit
The stage is set in El Paso, Texas for Carl Frampton to grab the attention of sports fans across America, and one man eager to see if the Belfast man can deliver is boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez, writes David Kelly, in El Paso. Texas.
Chavez, a three-weight world champion and one of the greatest fighters to have graced the ring, is in town to be with his son, Julio Cesar jnr, as he is the main event in the evening show, while Frampton headlines in the second defence of his IBF World super-bantamweight title against Alejandro Gonzalez jr in the afternoon at the Don Haskins Centre.
Chavez snr witnessed the rise of Barry McGuigan, Frampton's manager, to world title glory in the 1980s and now, 30 years on, he is eager to see the former world featherweight champion's protege.
Chavez snr said: "I have good memories of Barry McGuigan. He was a great champion, he was a true warrior inside the ring. I have not seen Carl Frampton yet but I have heard a lot about him, a lot of good things - nothing but resounding reviews about Frampton and how good a fighter is. I'm sure the fans will like him."
Frampton, looking as calm and collected as ever, insists he will not be taking Gonzalez jr lightly in the university arena, which holds around 12,000.
"It's a great opportunity for me, my first fight in America, I've been made very welcome in El Paso. Alejandro is a good fighter, he's young and he's brave and it's up to me to deal with that and to win impressively," said Frampton.
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