FORGET an El Passo shootout Carl Frampton versus Alejandro Gonzalez jr will be an all out war, claims the Mexican.
The 22 year old son of a former super featherweight World ruler knows if he is to leave the Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas with the IBF super bantamweight title he will have to rip it from the waist of a dangerous ‘The Jackal’.
And with a challenger hungry to make the strap his own and a champion determined to continue his reign as IBF king Gonzalez Jr is predicting fireworks live on CBS on July 18.
“As soon as the fight was signed, I told my father, this will not be a fight, it will be a war. He’s a great champion but I want that title. I know he’s not going to give it to me, this is going to be a pure war,” Gonzalez told Boxing News.
The last man to try and dethrone the undefeated Cyclone Promotions puncher, Chris Avalos, talked down Frampton’s ability throughout the build up and ultimately paid the price.
However, Gonzalez Jr has a great deal of respect for the Tiger’s Bay ‘tiger’ after studying a lot of the Belfast 28 year old’s fights.
“He’s a great champion. He gets stronger in each fight. He’s like a tiger, in the way he wants to kill the other guy. He comes different [style-wise] in every fight. He’s already a superstar over there in the U.K of course and that’s why I want to fight him. I always want to fight the best and he’s definitely one of the best at 122-pounds. I have been impressed by every one of his fights. I don’t think you can ever do enough studying of a fighter; they can come differently in each fight. You can never get tired of studying an opponent.”
Frampton will be massive favourite against the IBF #13 fighter and the 22 year old challenger won’t argue with the bookies odds or pundit predictions.
However, he claims he is looking forward to a war he will be preparing to win come July 18.
“I have been in the gym since December pretty much. I have been sparring. I don’t have to worry about being on weight – that’s another reason I signed for the fight even though I will not have boxed since last December – and all I need now is to get stronger and to pick up more experience in the gym,” he added.
“Now I’m really looking forward and I’m grateful for the fight for the world title. He [Frampton] never backs down in a fight and I know this will be a war.”