Frampton reflects on El Paso and admits he must do better

Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton has had a few days to think about and analyse his IBF World title defence in El Paso last weekend.

The Belfast super-bantamweight won the fight against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on a unanimous points decision after being dropped twice in the first round.

It was a disappointing start to a clash that Frampton went on win by a wide margin on the judges scorecards.

And Frampton - back home in Northern Ireland - says some lessons will have to be learnt from their USA adventure.

“I think as a team, we probably overlooked this guy a bit and we thought it was going to be much easier than it was.

“I hold my hand up, I think I overlooked him a bit, I thought it was going to be much easier than it was.

“He was a young Mexican, he had a young family, he had a big chance to upset me and he went out and had a brilliant first round. But luckily enough I pulled it back and got the win.

“The kid was a good fighter, very clever, I think he can do something in the future.”

And Frampton says his head cleared very quickly after being down twice in the opening three minutes.

“My head was clear, I was absolutely fine, they were two flash knockdowns. The first one I was kind of off balance, the second one was a good shot, but my head was clear straight away.

“It was an alien feeling to me. I was just thinking, what’s going on here?

“I don’t think I need to change my style, I don’t think I have to question my chin or anything like that. They were a couple of flash knockdowns, I’ve a very very solid chin – I spar big guys, I spar welterweights, I spar light middleweights. I get hit about the head a lot.

“These things happen. It hadn’t happened to me before, but I don’t think I’ll have to change my style.”

And ‘The Jackal’ admits his Mexican rival was a tougher fighter than he had given him credit for.

“ It was a tough fight. People weren’t expecting it to be a tough fight. I don’t think the bookies were even expecting it to be a tough fight.

“But we got away with it and that’s the main thing, I live to fight again. I know there’s much more to come.

“My body’s in good shape, I’m feeling okay. My hand is a little bit sore, in and around the nether regions are a bit sore.

“I took a few low punches. It’s pretty bruised up down there, I had a big cup protector on, Maybe he fancied me!”

“After about the fifth time, the referee was having a word with him, and I remember looking to my corner and Shane McGuigan just said to me “hit him back!”, so I just drilled one straight back into him,” he added.

And he says the only pleasing thing was that he clearly won the fight - while not at his best.

“If you’re winning at least ten of the twelve rounds when you’re only maybe at 60% of your best then I suppose it’s not a bad thing. I know that I’m much better than that.

”I adapted pretty early on, after the first round I changed my game plan.”

“In the end, if you take the first round, I won pretty comfortably.

“If you rule that first round out – which was a pretty bad round on my behalf – I probably won ten out of the rest of the 11 rounds,” added Frampton.

Meanwhile following the cancellation of the European featherweight title fight between Ruddy Encarnacion and Sofiane Takoucht in Madrid this week, Marc McCullough will now box Zoltan Kovacs in Germany on July 30.