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Frampton versus Gonzalez Jr. will be free on both sides of the Atlantic

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Frampton (r) takes it to Chris Avalos. Photo: Getty Images

Frampton (r) takes it to Chris Avalos. Photo: Getty Images

Carl Frampton will defend his IBF junior featherweight title on free-to-air television in the U.K. for the second consecutive time after a deal was struck between ITV and Cyclone Promotions to broadcast his July 18 bout against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. live from El Paso, Texas.

In February, Frampton successfully defended his title against Chris Avalos, via fifth-round stoppage, in a bout that drew almost 2 million domestic viewers to the ITV network,

“I am delighted to be once again defending my world title live on ITV,” said Frampton, who is rated No. 1 by THE RING at 122 pounds behind champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.

“Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. is a young and dangerous challenger and I am expecting a tough fight. I feel I am the best junior featherweight in the world and I am excited to box in front of a huge television audience.”

Frampton (20-0, 14 knockouts) is a firmly established attraction in the U.K. and Ireland and the Belfast man is now set for stardom on both sides of the Atlantic as his American debut will also be shown live on CBS in the United States.

Frampton’s manager Barry 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.”

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said, “We’re delighted to be on board for the U.S. debut of such an exciting young British sporting talent and we look forward to bringing our viewers another evening of top class boxing action.”

Information provided courtesy of a press release by Cyclone Promotions

Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing