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Saturday 3 December 2016

Frampton's fightback wins big US boxing audience

Carl Frampton stretched his unbeaten record to 21 fights (14 KOs) when he outboxed his Mexican opponent in El Paso on Saturday to win by unanimous decision with the three judges.

Down twice in the opening round, the Belfast IBF world champion was disappointed with his performance. But for TV viewers across America, the sight of a young Irish boxer coming back from a disastrous first round, proved engaging and exciting stuff. Especially as the stats showed Frampton had connected meaningfully with 36% of his 692 punches as opposed to Gonzalez Jr's 24% of 593. While Scott Quigg's manager Eddie Hearn might complain over Frampton demanding a bigger share of the purse to fight Quigg, he knows Frampton's performance has put him in the frame for some exciting big-money fights in the US, either at his current super bantamweight or up at featherweight.

With US adviser Al Haymon working closely with Barry McGuigan, fight fans now expect to see Frampton fight Leo Santa Cruz (WBC champ), Abner Mares or WBO champ Guillermo Rigondeaux.

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