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Carl Frampton will find strength in a painful truth

By Ruth Gorman

Published 20/07/2015

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas
Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Christine Frampton watches the fight Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Conrad Cummings v Oscar Riojas at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Conrad Cummings v Oscar Riojas at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Conrad Cummings v Oscar Riojas at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Conrad Cummings v Oscar Riojas at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Josh Taylor with Shane McGuigan Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Champion Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez weigh in for the IBF Championship fight
Champion Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez weigh in for the IBF Championship fight
Champion Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez weigh in for the IBF Championship fight
Champion Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez weigh in for the IBF Championship fight
Carl Frampton weighs in on Friday in preparation for upcoming IBF Championship fight against Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr. in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1t6h July 2015 - Christine Frampton, wife of Carl Frampton during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton spoke to the media during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton (cap) spoke to the media during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1t6h July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton poses for the media during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1t6h July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton poses for the media during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxers Carl Frampton (cap), Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr. (right of podium) and their camps spoke to the media during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1t6h July 2015 - Shane McGuigan (left), Barry McGuigan (middle), and Carl Frampton (right, black) during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton spoke to the media during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton signs and autograph during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton (cap) spoke to the media during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton takes a photo with a fan during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1t6h July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton and his wife, Chistine, pose for a photo El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton (left) is pictured addressing media during an open training session in El Paso, Texas befor defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Barry McGuigan speaking to media during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before Carl Frampton defends his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton's gloves are pictured during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Trainer Shane McGuigan speaking to media during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before Carl Frampton defends his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before looking to take away Carl Frampton's championship on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before looking to take away Carl Frampton's championship on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before looking to take away Carl Frampton's championship on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before looking to take away Carl Frampton's championship on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before looking to take away Carl Frampton's championship on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Barry McGuigan (blue) during an open training session with Carl Frampton in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye

You live and you learn. That was the exact phrase Carl Frampton used after the fight.

Although he successfully defended his IBF World Title in El Paso on his American pro debut, it didn't go the way he had planned.

Tall and thin, Alejandro Gonzalez Jr didn't look like someone who was going to give Carl too much trouble in the build up to the fight all week, but boy could he fight.

The first round stunned everyone. For the first time in his career Carl hit the canvas not once but twice.

At odds of 22-1 for Gonzalez to win, even his Mexican support weren't expecting what they saw in the Don Haskins Centre on Saturday.

It's the most nervous I've been at any of Carl's fights, so I can only imagine how his family were feeling, ad all his fans watching at home.

His mum Flo told me afterwards that she was very anxious during the first couple of rounds and wondered if it was all too much for her son as there was pressure on him to make a big impact this side of the Atlantic.

It was obvious Carl was disappointed with his performance afterwards; he was despondent in what is normally a jubilant dressing room.

One thing I admire about him is that he is always very honest and when I interviewed him post fight he admitted he had underestimated his opponent and been caught out in the first round.

But after the dust settled, he realised he'd been part of a thrilling fight for the TV audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. One thing's for sure though, he's determined to learn from this experience and use it to come back stronger.

I can understand his frustrations but I think we saw the true champion that Carl is. Even though he wasn't at his best, he still came back from adversity and dominated the fight.

It's an absolute truth that in times of adversity and change, we discover who we really are and what we're made of. Carl Frampton went through both on his American debut 'And Still' is the champion of the world.

Belfast Telegraph

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