Monday 19 August 2019

Carl Frampton pays tribute after former opponent Alejandro Gonzalez Jr 'executed' in Mexico

Carl Frampton, left, exchanges punches with Alejandro Gonzales Jr during their IBF Super-Bantamweight title fight last year
Carl Frampton, left, exchanges punches with Alejandro Gonzales Jr during their IBF Super-Bantamweight title fight last year

Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, who Carl Frampton fought in the United States last year, has been "executed" in Mexico, according to reports.

The 23-year-old was found dead alongside two others in a jeep near his home in Guadalajara, ESPN reported.

Gonzalez Junior fought in El Paso, Texas in July last year with the Belfast's Jackal retaining his IBF Super-Bantamweight  title.

That was despite the Mexican knocking down the Tigers bay man twice.

Frampton was given the bout after 12 rounds in El Paso, with two judges scoring 116-108 in his favour while the third scored it 115-109.

"One of the nicest guys I've shared a ring with," Frampton said in a Friday night tweet.

After their bout, Frampton described his opponent as a "warrior".

"Gonzalez, though, deserves credit, he was a lot better than I thought," he said.

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