Carl Frampton brought the house down as he beat Horacio Garcia in Belfast after a grueling 10 round bout. The decision came down to points with Frampton winning a unanimous victory in a close fight.
It's victory for @RealCFrampton! The scores read 98-93, 97-93 & 96-93 as the Belfast hero returns to his home arena after almost a year out of the ring. Congratulations to The Jackal! #FramptonReborn pic.twitter.com/eqxTlh1FRI— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) November 18, 2017
After the fight, Frampton, while holding his daughter said, "It was a good fight for the fans. I think everyone enjoyed that - more than me. I got caught in a fight. I wanted a hard fight. That's got the rust off, the cobwebs are gone and I want one of the big boys. I'll let my team decide. I'll have the input. I'm read." While promoter Frank Warren said, "Carl needs to keep busy. He'll be fighting in March or April. And we're going to Windsor Park then. The big one." Warren was then asked who the opponent will be to which he replied, "A world champion."
Garcia was cheered on during the fight by a very interested compatriot, one Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. Frampton told MTK Global via Pundit Arena, "It's great that Canelo will be ringside - it will add even more of a buzz to what's already one of Belfast's biggest ever fight bills. But as much as I respect Canelo, he won't have much to cheer about. Garcia is a good fighter and I'm not taking him lightly, but I have to bet him and I won't be distracted from the task at hand."
The fight was Frampton's comeback since losing his WBA title in Leo Santa Cruz and since his controversial split from Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions.
Just before the Frampton bout, fellow Irishman Jamie Conlan lost to Jerwin 'Pretty Boy' Ancajas after being sent to the canvas four times. That fight sucked the atmosphere out of the Odyssey Arena somewhat but that didn't seem to affect Frampton.
Rd6: @JamieConlan11 is caught on the side of the head, which sends him once more to his knees. The ref takes a look and waves it off. Conlan doesn't argue the decision - Ancajas dominated and destroyed the brave but exhausted Belfast man— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) November 18, 2017
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