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Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr fight wins knock-out ratings as most watched programme in Northern Ireland at the weekend

By Claire Williamson

Carl Frampton's epic fight against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr may have been happening thousands of miles away in Texas - but two-thirds of Northern Ireland were in the Jackal's corner.

The edge of the seat fight saw the undefeated world champion take on the Mexican in his American debut in El Paso.

Carl 'the Jackal' Frampton recovered from being knocked down twice in the opening round to retain his IBF super-bantamweight title in points taking it to the full 12 rounds.

On Saturday July 18 a peak audience of 381,000 a 69% share, clenched their fists as they watched his US debut on UTV.

The title defence was the most watched programme in Northern Ireland at the weekend.

The thrilling fight saw the 28-year-old Belfast man fight back to retain his title.

Frampton said: "Getting knocked down was the most shocking moment of my career. I was shocked but I was OK, I wasn't all over the place or anything and I got up and recovered well.

"I came back and showed heart and I'm proud of that. It's a credit to my fitness.

"It wasn't the performance that I wanted on my American debut but the Americans seemed to like it and it was an exciting fight

"I lost a lot of weight too close to the fight so I have to see if I stay at super-bantamweight or move up to featherweight."

UTV managing director Michael Wilson said: "The Frampton fight attracted an average audience of 292,000 and a share of 54%. With a peak audience of 381,000 viewers and share of 69% it meant two thirds of viewers in Northern Ireland were tuned in to UTV to watch the local boxer beat opponent Alejandro Gonzalez Junior.

 “El Paso was a long way to travel and for many fans was a journey they couldn’t make so UTV are delighted to have broadcast Saturdays fight live making sure no-one missed out.

“It was a tough fight for Carl but an exciting 12 rounds for viewers and the ratings show that regardless of whether Carl is fighting home or away the appetite is there to support him. We will continue to look for opportunities to bring the world boxing ring to viewers especially to support our home grown talent.

“Congratulations to Carl and all at team Frampton on a another successful win.”

Further reading:

Carl Frampton will find strength in a painful truth

Carl Frampton not happy despite title defence

Victorious Quigg is targeting Carl

I will bounce back and become a superstar: Gonzalez jr

Cummings has eyes on crown

Carl Frampton's children inspired his title fightback in El Paso

Carl Frampton his new US fans eager for more

Courage helped Carl Frampton through, says McGuigann

Carl Frampton gets a wake-up call in El Paso

Christine Frampton's agony: Champ Carl's wife goes through rollercoaster of emotions 

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