Carl Frampton hoping to dazzle in front of worldwide audience when he faces Alejandro Gonzalez Jnr in Texas

Carl Frampton will fight Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jnr in Texas on July 18
Carl Frampton will fight Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jnr in Texas on July 18

Carl Frampton admits he can’t wait to showcase his talents in front of a “huge television audience” on July 18.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Frampton’s IBF World Super Bantamweight title showdown with Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on July 18 will be screened live on UTV.

The bout – which will take place at the Don Haskins Centre in El Paso, Texas – will be Frampton’s first outing in America.

The World title defence will also be shown on American network CBS as the Belfast star looks to bolster his burgeoning reputation on the other side of the Atlantic.

Frampton claimed the IBF belt in Belfast last September when he defeated then champion Kiko Martinez in front of 16,000 fans.

His first title defence came against Chris Avalos in February which attracted a terrestrial television audience of over two million viewers in the UK and Ireland on ITV, UTV and UTV Ireland.

“I am delighted to be once again defending my World Title live on UTV on the 18th of July against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr,” Frampton said.

“It is brilliant news that this fight will be shown live at primetime in the UK and Ireland and live on CBS in the USA.

“Gonzalez Jr. is a young and dangerous Mexican challenger and I am expecting a tough fight.

“I feel I am the best Super Bantamweight in the world and I am excited to box in front of a huge television audience.”

Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan believes his fighter is well on his way to becoming an icon of British and Irish boxing.

“This is excellent news that Carl Frampton is defending his World Title live on TV at primetime,” McGuigan said.

“Frampton has all the ingredients needed to become the leading figure in British and Irish boxing; he is a world-class boxer with a brilliant personality who has a fanatical fan base from all over the UK and Ireland.

“Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. is a hungry and dangerous young Mexican fighter who will be travelling to El Paso, Texas to rip that belt from Frampton.

“This is going to be a cracking contest for the millions of fans tuning in on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Michael Wilson, Managing Director UTV, added: “We are very excited to be announcing today that UTV will once again be bringing this local sporting hero to local screens.

“Carl Frampton has become one of our most respected sporting exports so it’s a privilege to be in the position to bring his fight live to the Northern Ireland audience.

“We are hoping to build on the phenomenal ratings success we saw for Carl’s’ fight against Chris Avalos earlier this year which attracted a peak audience of 457,000 viewers and a peak share of 76 per cent.

“With an average audience share of 58 per cent it meant almost two thirds of viewers in Northern Ireland were tuned in to UTV to watch the local boxer beat his opponent in the Odyssey in Belfast last time around and we hope Carl will see the same level of support this time and once again claim the top spot of most watched programme.”

Meanwhile, Dungiven boxer Eamonn O’Kane will bid to become mandatory challenger for the IBF middleweight World title when he fights Tureano Johnson of the Bahamas.

O’Kane defeated Lewis Taylor in Lavey last month to retain his IBF Inter-Continental crown.

A venue and date for the bout against 33-year-old Johnson has yet to be confirmed.