Carl Frampton admits he is already looking beyond Alejandro Gonzalez to St Patrick’s Day fight in New York

Carl Frampton fights Alejandro Gonzales Jnr in El Paso next week

The Northern Irishman is looking to expand his audience in the US

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Carl Frampton wants to be a big hit in the United States and has already eyed a St Patrick’s Day bout in New York City.

The 28-year-old IBF world super bantamweight champion is set to defend his title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jnr in El Paso next weekend in his first fight away from the British Isles.

Belfast-born Frampton has a huge following in Northern Ireland but will now be looking to truly arrive on the international stage as the unbeaten champion, nicknamed the Jackal, wants to show American boxing fans what he can do.

Carl Frampton (left) has developed a fanatical following in Northern Ireland but wants a larger audience

Carl Frampton (left) has developed a fanatical following in Northern Ireland but wants a larger audience

Frampton hopes his prolific punching power can help make his fortune in America 

Frampton hopes his prolific punching power can help make his fortune in America

‘I’m looking forward to the fight,’ Frampton said.

‘It is giving me a chance to showcase my talents on terrestrial television in the US and the UK. It means a hell of a lot.

‘It is something me and my team have discussed – I’m pretty well known in the UK and Ireland but in the US, unless you’re a die-hard boxing fan you don’t know who Carl Frampton is, this is a chance for a lot of exposure. It is a big deal. It is great for me and for out new promotions team.’