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McGuigan: González Jr. is better than Avalos

Tomorrow Carl Frampton will defend his IBF super bantamweight title for the second time when he makes his U.S. debut at the Don Haskins Centre in El Paso, Texas. ‘The Jackal’ will face the unheralded Alejandro González [25(15)-1(0)-2] as part of a Premier Boxing Champions card which will be aired on U.S. terrestrial television with CBS – as well as being shown on ITV/UTV on this side of the Atlantic.

While some have scoffed at the challenge of the Mexican, who is ranked 54th in the World by Boxrec.com, Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan believes that he poses a real threat.

Speaking on Newstalk’s Off The Ball, ‘The Clones Cyclone’ urged people not to judge González solely by his record and ranking, warning that “we know this guy is a very capable fighter, I think he’ll be considerably tougher than Carl’s last opponent Chris Avalos. So we are prepared for every possible eventuality.”

Referencing the seemingly odd location of Frampton’s U.S. bow, the Monaghan man reasoned that “it’s a very exciting adventure, Carl’s first time to box in America on terrestrial television and, quite honestly, it doesn’t matter where we are as long as we’re going into the homes of every person in America – That’s a massive opportunity for us.”

Ahead of the bout McGuigan is supremely confident of a win in the Mexican border town, predicting that “he’s going to do a number on Alejandro González, I can assure you of that.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie