Premier Boxing Champions 2015: Fight Card, TV Schedule for Frampton vs. Gonzalez

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 16, 2015

World champion Carl Frampton celebrates with after defeating Chris Avalos of the U.S. during the IBF super bantamweight world boxing title fight at the Odyssey arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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Undefeated IBF super bantamweight champion Carl "The Jackal" Frampton (20-0, 14 KO) will make his American debut on Saturday. Frampton defends his title at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas, against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (25-1-2, 15 KO). In another fight scheduled to televised as well, heavyweight Chris Arreola (36-4, 31 KO) will clash with Frederic Kassi (18-3, 10 KO).

Here's a look at the viewing information for the card:

When: Saturday, July 18, at 4 p.m. ET

Where: Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas


Coming to America

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After creating a following in Ireland second only to that of UFC star Conor McGregor on the contemporary Irish fight scene, Frampton is looking to broaden his horizons. He's seemingly gotten better with every fight, and he's ready to put his skills to the test in front of a worldwide audience.

The 28-year-old looks ready to take on the world, and this bout is designed to be his coming-out party.

Frampton's manager and Irish boxing legend Barry McGuigan has helped to carefully plan The Jackal's pugilistic steps to this point. As McGuigan told BBC.com, the decision to sign with Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions and to come to the States was a calculated one.

McGuigan said:

Al Haymon has helped us get into America and he is the biggest impresario in boxing at the moment. He looks after more than 200 fighters and a multitude of world champions, many of them around Carl's weight. That's where we have got to be. We want to come back home again in October or November and then back out here again on St Patrick's Day. The simple reason we are here is that we are getting network television, terrestrial TV in America and in the United Kingdom.

In Frampton's last fight, he successfully defended his title for the first time against Chris Avalos via fifth-round TKO. Frampton would like nothing more than to run his record to 21-0 with another early stoppage.

Frampton's opponent is a 22-year-old from ZapopanMexico, who has never been in the ring with anyone close to The Jackal's level. He has won three fights in a row since being dealt his first loss by Juan Alberto Rosas in April 2014.

He'll have to shock the world to come up with the unlikely victory over Frampton.

Thin Ice

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Everyone knows the heavyweight division isn't exactly loaded with talent. Even with the current state of his weight class, Arreola is running out of chances to be considered a legitimate contender. Arreola has had the opportunity to fight for a title twice, and he's been stopped both times.

Most recently, he was stopped in May 2014 by Bermane Stiverne. In Arreola's last fight against Curtis Harper, Arreola was rocked on a couple of occasions, but he ultimately won a unanimous decision.

He was victorious, but it wasn't an impressive performance against a marginal fighter.

On Saturday, Arreola faces Kassi in a fight that could lead to Arreola's third shot at winning a world title against WBC champion Deontay Wilder in September, per Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. The way things are progressing, there's a chance that fight could be on September 12, which is when Floyd Mayweather is set to have his 49th professional fight.

There are rumors, per Michael Woods of Sweet Science, that Mayweather's fight will be on broadcast television. That would theoretically be a huge audience for Arreola to fight for a title. It all begins with taking care of business against Kassi on Saturday.

Kassi made a good account of himself in his last fight before being knocked out in the seventh round by Amir Mansour. Kassi will be hoping to learn from his mistakes and spoil Arreola's plans.

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