Carl Frampton shakes off re-fractured hand to beat Tyler McCreary

‘There was absolutely no way I wasn’t fighting’: Carl Frampton shakes off re-fractured hand to beat American Tyler McCreary in first bout since Josh Warrington loss and set up shot at Jamel Herring’s lightweight world title

  • Carl Frampton beat Tyler McCreary by a set of 100-88 scorecards in Las Vegas
  • The 32-year-old felt the hand he had fractured become sore in the second round
  • The Jackal focused on hitting McCreary’s body to reduce the impact on his hand
  • Frampton inflicted McCreary’s first loss and is now targeting a third world title 

Carl Frampton overcame pain from the hand he re-fractured in training camp to cruise to a unanimous points win over American Tyler McCreary and set himself up for a shot at becoming Ireland’s first ever three-weight world champion.

Against an unbeaten opponent in Las Vegas, Frampton earned a 100-88 victory on all three judges’ scorecards before revealing he had been working cautiously to avoid severely injuring his weak hand, which became troublesome again in the second round of the fight.

The 32-year-old will now target the super featherweight belt, having previously held the IBF Super-bantamweight and WBA (Super) featherweight titles.

Carl Frampton returned for the first time since his defeat to Josh Warrington on December 22

The Jackal was back in the ring to take on unbeaten 26-year-old Tyler McCreary in Las Vegas

Mindful of a fragile hand, Frampton targeted McCreary’s body and floored the American twice

Speaking to ESPN in the ring in a Northern Ireland shirt after recording a comeback win following his IBF world featherweight title challenge defeat against England’s Josh Warrington last December, Frampton said: ‘My hand wasn’t great coming into the camp.

‘I feel like I hurt it again in the second round so that’s why it wasn’t the most exciting fight. 

‘I re-fractured it twice in the camp and I knew a lot of people were coming out to support me.

‘There was absolutely no way I wasn’t fighting so I did 26, 28 rounds of sparring because of the hand. But I had to fight.’ 

The Northern Irishman eased to a unanimous 100-88 victory on all three judging scorecards

A broken hand had forced Frampton to pull out of an August fight with Emmanuel Dominguez

The Jackal sent McCreary to the canvas twice, capitalising on his tactic of concentrating on body shots to rock his opponent in the sixth and ninth rounds.

He was joined in the ring for his post-fight interview by Jamel Herring, the WBO junior lightweight champion who he could fight once his hand has healed.

Frampton added that he would be equally happy to challenge in Belfast or New York against Herring, who has won 21 of his 23 fights.

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