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Carl Frampton Overcomes a Shaky Start To Decision Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.

IBF Jr. Featherweight Champion Carl Frampton (right) lands a right hand en route to a unanimous decision win over Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.  Photo: Esther Lin/CBS

IBF Jr. Featherweight Champion Carl Frampton (right) lands a right hand en route to a unanimous decision win over Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. Photo: Esther Lin/CBS

By. BrotherJR

July 19, 2015

IBF Jr. Featherweight champion Scott Quigg was hoping to make a strong impression in his U.S. debut Saturday against relatively unknown Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. Saturday afternoon at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Well, Frampton didn’t exactly make the strong impression he had hoped for, but did enough to retain his title for the second time with a unanimous decision (116-108, 116-108, 115-109) win to defend his title for the second time.

Things started very rock for Frampton as thirty-five seconds into round one, the champion went down by way of a straight left jab from Gonzalez. it was a flash knockdown and Frampton got up clear-eyed. However, with fifteen seconds to go in the opening stanza, Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) went down for a second time by way of a counter right hand from Gonzalez (25-2-2, 15 KOs). Again, Frampton got up clear-eyed, but the Gonzalez established that he was here to fight.

After a close second round, Frampton started to find his way and round three and began to show why he was so highly regarded heading into this bout. The overall class of the defending champ showed itself as the rounds went on. Frampton took advantage of the inexperienced Gonzalez backing the challenger up in the fourth and fifth and got Gonzalez attention in the sixth with the straight right hand and solid uppercuts. Gonzalez fought hard throughout, but Frampton used the momentum gained in the middle rounds win by fairly comfortable margin. Gonzalez had a point taken away in the eleventh round as a result of continued low blows.

Afterwards, Frampton was not happy with his performance. “I didn’t feel great in the first round. I got up from two flash knockdowns though and recovered well. The kid could punch very well,” said Frampton. “The ring canvas was very soft. I couldn’t get up on my toes and that’s my best attribute. I got up and showed courage. I came back and won most of the rounds and gave excitement. I wanted to win by knockout. It didn’t happen. I’m disappointed, but I’ll re-evaluate and move on; onwards and upwards. He hit me low so many times, but you’ve got to deal with that and carry on and that’s what I did.” Frampton also said that he may have taken off too much weight before the bout and intimated a possible move up to Featherweight.

As for Alejandro Gonzalez Jr., he’s only 22 years-old and his performance against Frampton showed that he’s better than previously advertised. He is a boxer that folks will definitely want to see again and can become a player in the Jr. Featherweight division. Bottom line, the young kid can fight.

Moving forward, this was a nice U.S. debut from Carl Frampton. The fight we want to see of course is a fight against rival and fellow Jr. Featherweight titlist Carl Frampton who destroyed Kiko Martinez on Saturday in Manchester, England. It’s a grudge match that all boxing fans want to happen. Now will it? Well, that’s to be determined. Negotiations between the two camps earlier this year and the two camps could not come to an agreement. Should it not happen, the Jr. Featherweight and Featherweight divisions are so packed with talent that a big bout for Frampton is still very possible against the winner of the upcoming Abner Mares – Leo Santa Cruz or possibly against Guillermo Rigondeaux (currently in negotiations for a fight against Vasyl Lomachenko). However let’s face it folks, let’s hope Carl Frampton – Scott Quigg finally happens.

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July 19, 2015 - Posted by | Analysis, Blog, Boxing, Commentary |

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