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I will bounce back and become a superstar: Gonzalez jr

Alejandro Gonzalez jr did not wear the face of a beaten man when he reflected on a brave challenge that came up short against Carl Frampton who he described as "a great champion" after their hard 12-rounder in the Don Haskins Centre in El Paso, writes David Kelly.

Indeed, the likeable 22-year-old Mexican looked ahead to a career which he believes can lead to him one day finally following in the footsteps of his father Alejandro, who won a World title at featherweight.

"I believe I have shown that I will come back and be a champion and I will go back to my natural weight at 118, bantamweight, that's the weight for me and I'll be a superstar at 118lb," said Gonzalez. "I think I will gain a lot more fans after this. I said it would be a war and it was, mission accomplished.

"I'm a Mexican and I am always ready for a war. I tried my best and I did have a great performance. I think maybe I did lose but not by that many points. But he is a great champion and he won and I'm not going to be a cry baby because I fought hard and lost. I think Carl is a great fighter, I thought he was going to hit a lot harder but he is a very, very smart fighter.

"He learned from this fight - he knows how to survive.

"I had him but he survived and that's what champions do.

"I hurt my hand with the second knockdown, it's very badly damaged but I lost fairly, no excuses - I won more losing than winning because of the performance I put in.

"I got caught with some good clean shots but never felt bad, never.

"I am a clean fighter and it was never my intention to do the low blows. I was sorry that I did it but it happened.

"They thought it was going to be an easy fight but I dropped him, he didn't drop me. We are friends now, I gained his respect."

Indeed, he did and IBF champion Frampton was quick to hail him as "a true warrior".

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