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Courage helped Carl Frampton through, says McGuigann

Manager Barry McGuigan was left a little bemused but also proud of World champion Carl Frampton's performance on Saturday when a below-par display was still enough to widely outpoint tough Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez jnr, writes David Kelly.

McGuigan had brought Frampton to the States in order to continue the amazing roll the Jackal has been on before a new audience but the screen test didn't exactly follow the script with the IBF super-bantamweight champion having to climb off the floor to win on points.

McGuigan said: "It was disappointing first because he was knocked down. He's never been knocked down before, he's got a great chin and yet he was hurt in the first round. The first one was really not a knock-down but the second one however was.

"He got hurt in the first couple of rounds, he was in a haze for probably two or three rounds and he got up and he had to change his tactics. He wasn't up on his toes, he didn't have that rhythm."

The former World champion then addressed the issue of the weight which had to be lost for Frampton to scale inside the 122lb limit on Friday.

"He hasn't had that kind of trouble before. He's big for that weight. It seemed like a bigger struggle this time than ever before. Maybe he's grown out of the weight, he's 28 years old so that could be a natural move to featherweight.

"He was too heavy too late. The day before, he shouldn't have been as heavy as he was. We then had to dry him out and that's not good. It saps your energy, especially out here in the heat.

"At the end of the day, it's not a good day at the office but he got up off his backside and he showed his courage and ultimately his skill.

"He was countered a lot, he just seemed slower... but he's still unbeaten and we move on. There are a lot of big fights out there for Carl."

McGuigan wouldn't be drawn on whether or not the next fight could be against Scott Quigg on the back of his second round knockout win over Kiko Martinez on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena.

"It certainly spices things up, it would be a great fight," added McGuigan.

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