Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez: He's poised to win over US and Gonzalez
Carl Frampton is primed to make a huge impression on the American public, according to head of boxing at Cyclone Promotions Jake McGuigan, writes David Kelly.
Speaking at yesterday's weigh-in for Frampton's second defence of the IBF World super-bantamweight title in El Paso Texas, McGuigan said that already in the days leading up to tonight's showdown, the Belfast man has caught the eye of everyone.
That was seen even in the mainstream newspaper USA Today, who devoted a full page to the Jackal, who yesterday scaled 121.6 lbs, just slightly heavier than challenger Alejandro Gonzalez jr, 121.4lbs at a packed weigh-in at the Wyndham Hotel.
"I have been very pleased with how things have gone here in El Paso. To be honest I thought it would have been more low key because of where we are - we are obviously hoping to target the east coast but this has been great," said McGuigan.
"The people we are working with have really got behind the promotion of Carl and the media have been fantastic. They have given Carl a lot attention and Carl himself has been very pleased and he is in amazing condition, he made the weight very easily.
"It has been a great success so far and now we just need Carl to go on and win.
"The whole point of coming here was to introduce Carl to the American audience without taking away from his UK profile and so having the time slot fit in with prime time television on ITV back home is perfect. I think all being well, we are going to see Carl's profile go up to another level.
"There will come a time when Carl will be fighting at a time that is prime time in the USA but in the early hours of the morning back home but that time hasn't arrived just yet. He still has to be built more."
While McGuigan is delighted with the way Frampton has looked in camp and how he has calmly handled his media requirements Stateside, he is by no means dismissing the threat of Gonzalez jr.
"This guy is a lot more dangerous than people think, I think he will give Carl a harder fight than many think and they are a very confident camp," added McGuigan.
"They are staying in the same part of the hotel as me and I could hear them chanting "and the new...!" champion so they really believe that Gonzalez can pull off an upset."
Meanwhile, unbeaten Coalisland middleweight Conrad Cummings comfortably made the weight for his clash with Oscar Roijas which opens the show at the Don Haskins Centre.
Mexican Roijas, who only has a solitary defeat on his record, was two pounds over initially for the fight which is being made at 165lb - five pounds over the middleweight limit - but returned to make the weight for their six rounder.