In his first fight with a new trainer and under a new promoter, Carl Frampton returned to the ring in Belfast and scored a decision win over Mexico’s Horacio Garcia in today’s main event from SSE Arena.
Frampton (24-1, 14 KO) wasn’t at his very best, but got the job done and won on scores of 96-93, 97-93, and 98-93 over big underdog Garcia (33-4-1, 24 KO). Frampton was ruled down officially in the seventh round, which looked more like a slip, but was counted as a knockdown.
For Frampton, it was his first fight since his first pro loss in January against Leo Santa Cruz. Again, it was far from his best showing, and he didn’t show the best stamina, notably, but you have to give credit to Garcia, too, for fighting well and for pushing Frampton in the bout.
But today’s version of Frampton would no doubt be in for some tough times against the division’s true best fighters, and if he’s looking to get back in the world title mix in his next fight, he’ll have to show improvement under trainer Jamie Moore.
On the undercard, two world champions retained their titles.
Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KO) kept the IBF super flyweight title with a win over hometown challenger Jamie Conlan (19-1, 11 KO), stopping Conlan in the sixth round. Ancajas dominated the fight, dropping Conlan four times in total.
Zolani Tete (26-3, 21 KO) won his 10th fight in a row with an 11-second knockout of Siboniso Gonya (11-2, 5 KO), retaining the WBO bantamweight title after ripping Gonya with a single right hook.
Zolani Tete knocks out Siboniso Gonya with one right hook about 10 seconds into the fight to retain the WBO bantamweight title pic.twitter.com/hdnPAP2KOs— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) November 18, 2017