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Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jnr world title defence to be shown live on ITV

By Claire Williamson

Belfast world champion boxer Carl Frampton's world title defence against Alejandro Gonzalez Jnr will be broadcast live on ITV.

Frampton defends his IBF World super-bantamweight title against Alejandro Gonzalez jnr at the Don Haskins Centre in El Paso, Texas in a fight that will be shown live in both the USA on CBS and in the UK on ITV.

On July 18 coverage will start on the main channel from 9.45pm UK time - coverage of the undercard to Frampton vs Gonzalez Jr. will commence at 9pm on ITV4.

Mexican Gonzalez jnr, the son of former WBC World featherweight champion Alejandro snr, is ranked 13 by the IBF and holds a record of 25 wins, one defeat and two draws.

Undefeated Carl Frampton will be vowing to hold on to his title after he won it in front of a Belfast crowd of 16,000 fans in 2014.

Frampton who is already an established star in the UK and Ireland and is now set for superstardom on both sides of the Atlantic with his second World Title defence.

His first title defence was in February against USA's Chris Avalos in the Odyssey Arena Belfast which attracted a terrestial television audience of more than 2million viewers.

IBF Super Bantamweight champion Carl Frampton said: “I am delighted to be once again defending my World Title live on ITV on the 18th of July against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.

"It is brilliant news that this fight will be shown live on ITV at primetime in the UK and live on CBS in the USA. Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. is a young and dangerous Mexican challenger and I am expecting a tough fight. 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 UK and USA.”

Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan said: “This is excellent news that Carl Frampton is defending his World Title live on ITV at primetime in the UK. Frampton has all the ingredients needed to become the leading figure in British and Irish boxing; he is a world-class boxer with a brilliant personality who has a fanatical fan base from all over the UK and Ireland.

"Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. is a hungry and dangerous young Mexican fighter who will be travelling to El Paso, Texas to rip that belt from Frampton. This is going to be a cracking contest for the millions of fans tuning in on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “We're delighted to be on board for the US debut of such an exciting young British sporting talent and we look forward to bringing our viewers another evening of top class boxing action."

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