McGuigan: Frampton can be like GGG

BARRY McGuigan believes middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is the perfect template for Carl Frampton as he looks to build a name for himself stateside.

Golovkin is now famous for what he describes as his “Mexican style,” and the Kazakh fighter has won himself many Mexican fans.

Speaking at the press conference ahead of Frampton’s second world title defence, McGuigan feels that ‘The Jackal’ can emulate Golovkin’s success with his hard-punching, fan-friendly style.

The Belfast man will certainly be given an opportunity to win some new Mexican fans on July 18th when he will be confronted with a partisan crowd at the Don Haskins Centre in El Paso, Texas, for his bout with Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.

While Frampton expects “a few boos,” he intends to “feed off it.” The super bantamweight noted that he is “used to it [hostile atmospheres” having fought all over the World as an amateur. Indeed Frampton believes that it is a great opportunity to win over some “discerning Mexican fans.”

Joe O'Neill

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