By Monday, Carl Frampton was on his way back to Belfast, Northern Ireland, his time in the United States having drawn to a close. He took away with him a win, Saturday’s unanimous decision over a game Alejandro Gonzalez Jr., but he also took away a big question that will take some time to answer—namely, is his future at 122 pounds, or will he move up to 126?
Carl Frampton was surprised and stunned after being knocked down twice in the first round Saturday, even if he claimed he was “never really hurt” by Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.
The two men who had battered each other for 12 rounds—and had the carved-up, swollen faces to prove it—stood across from each other Saturday night in a locker room at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
You could be forgiven if you thought you were in some Belfast pub instead of a hotel ballroom in El Paso, Texas, on Friday. The crowd worked itself up as first one, then another fighter from Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions took the scales for fights on Saturday’s card from the Don Haskins Center, which will air live on CBS (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT).
Only a pro for six years, Carl Frampton has already done most everything he can do in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He’s won all-Ireland tournaments, European tournaments, British Commonwealth championships and a 122-pound world title.
In the depths of The Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, moments of peace from the political and sectarian violence had unlikely provenance—the inherently bloody battles that happened in the ring.
The Royal Ascot is one of the biggest weeks of horse racing in Great Britain, if not the world (2014 Triple Crown threat California Chrome was set to run in the meet's Prince of Wales Stakes until a foot bruise forced him to withdraw). It’s got massive purses, top talent and, just spitballing here, hopefully jockeys in Beefeater costumes.