Carl Frampton will make the second defence of his IBF World Title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on July 18 in El Paso, Texas, USA.
Frampton, a former pupil at Glengormley High School, was in talks to fight WBA champion Scott Quigg in Manchester next month - but those came to nothing and now ‘The Jackal’ will tackle Gonzalez jr instead.
Few will have heard of Gonzalez Jr., (25 (15) – 1 – 2), but he is one of the brightest up and coming boxers in Mexico, who comes from a boxing family.
The 22-year-old Tijuana native follows in the footsteps of his famous father Alejandro Gonzalez Sr. who famously dethroned WBC Featherweight Champion Kevin Kelley in 1995 to become champion of the world.
The tall and dangerous Gonzalez Jr - ranked 13 with the IBF - will be looking to cause an upset against the hard-hitting Frampton and he will not be fazed by the fight.
This will be Frampton’s first professional fight in America and he is looking forward to the challenge.
“I am delighted to be defending my title,” he said. “I want to become a star in the USA and this is my first step on that journey.
“Now that my team is working with Al Haymon, I am set to defend my title in front of millions of US 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 Super Bantamweight in the world and I am excited to box in front of a huge television audience in the USA.”
Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan was also pleased that the fight had been made.
“This is fantastic news for Carl Frampton. He is defending his title live on CBS in the USA and I believe his all-action style will captivate the US fight fans.
“Frampton has all the ingredients needed to become a major star in the USA; he is an exceptional fighter with a brilliant personality who has a fanatical fan base in the UK.
“Gonzalez Jr. is a hungry and dangerous young Mexican boxer who will be travelling to El Paso to rip that belt from Frampton. This is going to be a cracking fight.”