Frampton: I want to be top dog but first I have to make a Statement on July 18

VICTORY in hostile territory on July 18 won’t be enough for Carl Frampton.

‘The Jackal’ goes behind enemy lines and put his title on the line against Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, but feels he needs to do more than just leave with his belt.

The talented super bantamweight wants to exit the ring with his title buckled around his waist and his reputation greatly enhanced.

Terrestrial Tv in America, UK and Ireland certainly gives him the platform from which to gain new fans and spread the Frampton gospel, while the come forward Gonzalez certainly has the style to make ‘The Jackal’ look good.

“It’s important to go out not just for a win but for a statement. Make a real statement there. Terrestrial [television] in America is huge,” Frampton told Boxing News.

Gonzalez certainly isn’t as big threat to the Cyclone Promotions puncher as old foe’s Kiko Martinez or Chris Avalos were meant to be- but this bout is about introducing Frampton to the American audience. The Belfast man then wants the bigger names and other World champs in the division.

“I’m not taking this guy lightly but the big fights that I want are the more recognisable names. [Scott] Quigg, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, all these guys and Rigo [Guillermo Rigondeaux]. They’re the fights that I want,” he added.

“We have a plan. I want to unify the division. I want to be the top dog at super-bantamweight. But at the minute it’s just about taking one fight at a time and looking good in the States. That’s where boxing’s at its biggest.”

Frampton trades the raucous Jackal’s lair for the Lions Den, but isn’t too concerned about traveling.

“It’ll be pro Alejandro Gonzales. I want to sway their opinion and turn them round.

“I’m going to go out and put on a show. It may be that I get booed out of the place, I don’t know how they’re going to react to me. But I’m ready for whatever.

“Once you silence the crowd that’s when you know you’ve got their man in trouble.”


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