Fight updates: Frampton-Gonzalez; Bundrage-Charlo delay; Campbell-Coyle
Carl Frampton will make his US debut under Al Haymon against Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jr next month.
The IBF super bantamweight champion signed a deal with Premier Boxing Champions last month and the 28 year-old now faces Gonzalez on July 18 – an opponent who already has 28 bouts under his belt at the age of 22.
Frampton boasts an undefeated record of 20 wins and recently overpowered Chris Avalos in Belfast, whilst Gonzalez has lost one and drawn two through his career but is yet to really make the step up into truly world class.
At super welterweight, another IBF title holder, Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage suffered a cut in training due to a headbutt meaning his planned defence against Jermall Charlo is on hold for the time being. The pair were due to collide on the same date of July 18, although Bundrage needs sufficient recovery time to reschedule the fight.
“It’s definitely a bad feeling but I’ll be alright. I’m going to heal up, get back at it and keep getting better,” said Bundrage.
Finally, the derby battle between Olympic champion Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle is set to take place on August 1.
A deal has been agreed to pit the two Hull lightweights against each other following a lengthy build-up by promoter Eddie Hearn and will take place in the city in just under two months’ time.