Carl Frampton looks to the stars as he makes USA debut

Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez Jr
Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez Jr

Carl Frampton will look to take the next step towards mega-stardom when he enters the ring in El Paso on Saturday night.

The Super-bantamweight’s IBF World title defence against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr will be beamed live to millions of viewers in the USA and UK.

Frampton now has the chance to showcase his talents to a mass audience, and he knows that he has the world in his fists – but it will take a special performance from ‘The Jackal’ to catapult the Belfast star to another level.

And he knows what he has to do against his Mexican rival.

“Over here there is a need to go out and impress. I don’t want to go out there and just labour along. I want to knock this guy out,” Frampton said.

“Growing up the dream wasn’t America, the dream was to win be a champion of the world.

“But I’ve reached that dream and now there are new dreams for me, new goals.”

Super-fights against the likes ot Scott Quigg, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares and Guillermo Rigondeaux are looming large on the horizon.

But level-headed Frampton knows that Gonzalez Jr is a hungry Mexican fighter who could destroy his dreams and ambitions.

“Some people see Gonzalez Jr as an underdog, but I don’t see it like that,” he added.

“I see him as another obstacle standing in my way. I’ll have to be at my best to beat him. He has my respect.

“Mexicans are typically very brave people and I expect to see that from Gonzalez Jr.

“But I think once I tag him, his Mexican heart will come out and he’ll want to come and have a fight with me and that’s going to be pleasing for the fans.

“It will be a great fight and I can’t wait to get out there.”