“One of the nicest guys I’ve shared a ring with” – Frampton mourns fallen foe González Jr

Carl Frampton has expressed his grief at the sudden and tragic death of former opponent Alejandro González Jr.

23 year old González Jr was found dead in his Jeep yesterday, alongside two others, one of whom was believed to be his grandfather, in an apparent execution-style murder near his home in Jalisco, Guadalajara.

‘The Jackal’ shared the ring with ‘Cobríta’ in his American debut in July 2015. On that afternoon in El Paso, he touched down twice in the opening round before fighting back to claim a unanimous decision win to defend his IBF super bantamweight title on a Premier Boxing Champions card.

The Belfast boxer, the current WBA featherweight champion, revealed that he had kept in contact with the young Mexican since the fight and highlighted the obvious mutual respect they both shared.

Frampton paid his initial respects on Twitter last night, and wrote “just hearing the tragic news about Alejandro González Jr. One of the nicest guys I’ve shared a ring with. This kid gave me the fright of my life. But kept in touch from time to time on WhatsApp and always wished me well.”

“Very sad RIP Champ”

Tim Smith, Vice President of Communications for PBC, added that “everyone at Premier Boxing Champions is profoundly saddened by the death of Alejandro González Jr. He was a fantastic boxer with a bright future. It is a tragic loss for the boxing community. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and pray for them as they cope with the loss of their beloved ‘Cobríta.’”

Joe O'Neill

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