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Frampton to make U.S. debut in El Paso

Junior featherweight titlist Carl Frampton is set to make his U.S. debut on July 18, when the native of Northern Ireland takes on Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

Frampton-Gonzalez will headline the Premier Boxing Champions card on CBS, with Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) making the second defense of his title, which he claimed last September with a decision win over Kiko Martinez in Belfast, Ireland.  He then defended it this past February with a fifth-round knockout of Chris Avalos.

The 22-year old Gonzalez (25-1-2, 15 KOs), Mexico, is the son of former featherweight titlist Alejandro “La Cobrita” Gonzalez, who famously won the title by beating Kevin Kelly in a 1995 upset.

“I am delighted to be defending my title in the USA on July 18th live on CBS against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. I want to become a star in the USA, and this is my first step on that journey,” Frampton said. “Now that my team is working with Al Haymon, I am set to defend my title in front of millions of U.S. fight fans on CBS.

“Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. is a dangerous Mexican challenger, but he has never fought anyone like me and on the 18th of July he is in for a big, big shock. I feel I am the best [junior featherweight] in the world, and I am excited to box in front of a huge television audience in the USA.”

Later on that night, on Showtime, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) will face Marcos Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) at the same arena, with Showtime and CBS co-promoting both cards.

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