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Carl Frampton savouring El Paso shoot-out against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton has long wanted to show the American public that he's the real deal and now he has his chance on July 18.

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 across the States on CBS.

American boxing powerbroker Al Haymon has revolutionised the television coverage of the sport in the States since the start of the year, with the major networks once again screening world class bouts on a regular basis.

Just recently Amir Khan and James DeGale both featured on his Premier Boxing Champions series, while more and more fighters are aligning themselves with the man who also works with Floyd Mayweather.

Frampton is now linked to Haymon, who has a large stable of fighters, and the Jackal's clash with Gonzalez will offer him the chance of prime time exposure in the afternoon Stateside as well a prime time UK slot - with a British broadcaster to be confirmed shortly.

"I am delighted to be defending my title in the USA on July 18 live on CBS against Alejandro Gonzalez jnr," said Frampton.

"I want to become a star in the USA and this is my first step on that journey.

"Now that my team is working with Al Haymon I am set to defend my title in front of millions of US fight fans on CBS.

"Alejandro Gonzalez jnr is a dangerous Mexican challenger, but he has never fought anyone like me and on July 18 he is in for a big, big shock."

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.

For 22-year-old Gonzalez it is a golden chance to transform his career and he can naturally expect plenty of support in El Paso, but Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan has no doubt that the Jackal will rise to the occasion before a passionate crowd backing Gonzalez.

"It's going to be a great atmosphere and it's the perfect stage for Carl to showcase himself in America," said McGuigan.

"He's defending his title live on CBS in the USA and I believe Carl's all action style will captivate the US fight fans.

"Carl has all the ingredients needed to become a major star in the USA; he is an exceptional fighter with a brilliant personality.

"I've always believed that Americans would really take to him and the time is right for him to go and conquer America.

"We have linked up with Al Haymon who has many fighters around super-bantamweight and featherweight - like Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares and those are the kind of fights that Carl wants to be in.

"It's fights like those that truly turn him into a major star and his earning potential will go to another level.

"But it's not going to be easy against Gonzalez. He's a tough young fighter and we will not be underestimating him.

"Carl has been in camp for a while and we will step things up very soon by bringing in Mexican sparring partners."

The show will also feature undefeated Texan Jermall Charlo challenging IBF World light-middleweight champion Cornelius "K-9" Bundrage as the chief support to Frampton-Gonzalez jnr.

A £1.5m offer from Eddie Hearn for Frampton to face Scott Quigg in all-British blockbuster has already been turned down and now it is up to both men to remain unbeaten next month to keep that clash alive. Quigg defends his WBA regular title against former Frampton victim Kiko Martinez on the same night at the MEN in Manchester.

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