Carl Frampton back at the top of his game with unanimous win

Carl Frampton beats McCreary in his first bout in 12 months

Carl “The Jackal” Frampton returned to the ring on Saturday night in Vegas and reclaimed his confidence after beating American Tyler McCreary unanimously.

The Belfast boxer considered early retirement after being beaten by IBF Champion Josh Warrington this time last year but boy are we glad he dusted himself off and got back into training.

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His much taller American opponent came into the contest undefeated in seventeen professional fights so Frampton spent the first round gauging his reach and successfully picked off several scoring shorts without exerting himself much. Frampton’s impressive footwork was a joy to watch and he proved he still has just as much power behind him when he took McCreary down on one knee after a mean left hook to the body in the sixth round. Frampton repeated this punishing trick in the 9th round but McCreary in all fairness to him got back up again.

McCreary knew pretty quickly in that Frampton was not be underestimated with his corner imploring him to gain control with his long limbs but Frampton’s ability to slide in and out and spear out his own left hand had McCreary’s head snapping back to often even the audience were dizzy! All three judges favoured Frampton unanimously, scoring 100-88.

What makes this win even sweeter for Frampton is the fact that he could put on such a display despite nursing a hand injury he sustained in a freak accident in the August which he aggravated again six weeks ago and then just 12 days ago.

This clinical win for Frampton will set up a showdown with WBO world super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring who watched the bout at ringside. Both Herring and Frampton are promoted by Top Rank and based on Frampton’s much larger fan base, CEO Bob Arum is keen to hold the fight in Belfast. 

Herring even tweeted his urge to travel to Belfast for his title defense, saying: “Oh, I need some of this Belfast action…immediately.”

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