Unbeaten Belfast boxer Carl Frampton (20-0) has had no shortage of propositions since he became the IBF super bantamweight champion with a win over Kiko Martinez last year. ‘The Jackal’ went on to defend his title with a fifth round finish of American Chris Avalos, and that has caught the eye of Manchester’s Scott Quigg.
The pair have gone back and forth with a view to setting up a massive clash towards the back end of 2015. Frampton has said he’ll ‘do it on his terms’ as Quigg “needs to know who the boss is”. As we see all too often, negotiations often push the fights the fans want to see further away, and ultimately it will be the money that talks.
The Belfast fighter isn’t waiting around, though, and he has a tough test ahead of him before anything else can be made concrete. He meets Mexican fighter Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. in his American debut on July 18th. It’s not the easiest fight to take when fighting so far away from home for the first time, but he’s confident that he will breeze past the 25-1-2 opponent.
“He’s in for a big, big shock,” said Frampton. Bookies aren’t giving González much of a chance either, with Betfair having him at 13/1. He comes from good stock, though, with his father – Alejandro González, Sr – a world champion in his own career in the ring. You’d be foolish to look too far past him as a test for the currently undefeated 28-year-old.
Should it all go to plan, however, we’ll be looking at another good scalp for Frampton as he vows to prove he is the best in the world. Taking some more silverware would help towards that, whilst also providing a good payday. A prospective bout with Quigg for his WBA Regular super bantamweight belt would generate massive interest back home, while he also aims to convert the fans across the pond.
Quigg will also have a challenge on his hands to get there, as he’s set to take on Frampton’s old foe Kiko Martinez in Manchester first. The Belfast man was dominant on his way to a unanimous decision, and how the Englishman deals with Martinez in their bout will give us a good indication on what their matchup may bring.
First things first, both need to win to keep the shine on a potential year-end matchup, but if they do it in impressive fashion then we’ll have a huge contest on our hands.