The main thing about this fight is my boxing performance. Each case was submitted on the pretence that Haymon has wantonly violated the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, a federal treaty which aims to protect fighters by making it illegal for the same individual to occupy the dual-role of manager and promoter.

“Without linking up with [Haymon], it would have been pretty hard to make them fights”, Frampton said.

Gonzalez right to view the clash with Frampton as a huge opportunity-he does not know when another one of this magnitude will come around again, if ever.

Carl Frampton makes his U.S. TV debut on Saturday headlining a PBC on CBS card from Texas.

Several of Haymon’s established attractions are scheduled to feature during the nine intervening weeks, but it’s a greener member of the stable that will be front and centre on CBS this Saturday.

He has made a lot of friends in America, been well received in the city.

It will be the 28-year-old’s first fight outside of British soil and the second defence of the belt he claimed from Kiko Martinez in September a year ago.

“He has a formidable reputation in boxing and has been the catalyst to securing the biggest fights in recent years”.

I’ve got a chance to go out there and prove and show people why I am the best super-bantamweight in the world.


Gonzalez, right, is a 14/1 outsider to cause a shock.

In his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, junior featherweight titleholder Carl “The Jackal” Frampton is a big deal.

“We are delighted to add Al to the team”.

“There’s a ton of fighters in my weight class and I’m the one that got this opportunity”. But this time it is much more internal; it’s about his career pushing to another level.

But, before Frampton can contemplate potential opponents for the future, he must first defend his title against Gonzalez Jr. “The Jackal” is immensely popular in his native Belfast, but he must adjust quickly to fighting far from home.

What kind of impression does Frampton want those seeing him for the first time to come away with? He is not taking his opponent lightly.

“He’s tall and he’s rangy and he comes from good pedigree but I have got everything and more to beat him”. If Frampton is as good as people think he is, then why in the heck isn’t he facing the top fighter in the 122lb division in Guillermo Rigondeaux? “Of course I’m expecting a few boos, but when I silence the crowd they’ll know I’ve got the better of their man”. He has a world championship.

“I’m not going to be afraid of anyone” said the 22-year-old. My team was telling me no and I took the fight anyway which led to my first and only loss. But also if I need to beat him off the back foot I could do that as well.

“I plan to show Nacho Beristain and everybody else that I’m one of the greatest fighters”, Chavez said.

(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) made weight on Friday in coming in at 121.6 pounds for his title defense against #13 IBF Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr.