Frampton in touching tribute to 'good friend' Alejandro Gonzalez Jr
World champion Carl Frampton has spoken of his shock and horror after hearing about the murder of Mexican boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.
In his Sunday Life column, Frampton says he will always remember Gonzalez as a good friend and reveals he was the only opponent he faced "whose phone number I had".
His former challenger was found dead in his jeep in Mexico on Friday.
"We would have been in touch by messaging each other", the Tiger's Bay fighter wrote in the Sunday Life.
"Alejandro actually sent me a message wishing me all the best before my fight with Leo Santa Cruz in July and also my fight with Scott Quigg," he went on.
Gonzalez floored Frampton twice on the Belfast man's American debut in El Paso in the summer of 2015, before the Jackal retained his IBF World super-bantamweight title on a unanimous decision after a tough fight.
Frampton said the boxer was both a rival and a friend.
"Alejandro was a really gutsy fighter. He put me down twice on my American debut in the first round and I had to re-group and box my way to a points win to retain my IBF World super-bantamweight title," he wrote.
Frampton described Gonzalez as "such a nice guy".
"After the fight in El Paso we sat down and talked for quite a bit about our families - he spoke about his wife and kid and how he wanted to buy them a house."
It has been reported in Mexico that the 23-year-old boxer was one of three bodies found in his jeep in Guadalajara, with one of those believed to be his grandfather. It is believed he was shot dead.
He had hoped to follow in his father's footsteps by becoming a world champion but "his dream has been taken away from him", Frampton said.
You can read Carl Frampton's tribute in full in the Sunday Life.
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