Carl Frampton beats Tyler McCreary in unanimous win
Carl Frampton said he double re-fractured his hands in camp ahead of his win over Tyler McCreary in Las Vegas on Saturday.
With three judges indicating it 100-88 fighting for the first time since December 2018, Northern Ireland’s Frampton inflicted a first defeat the unbeaten American.
His hand, had first fractured in a freak accident in August.
“There was no way I wasn’t fighting,” he said.
The former two division world champion double knocked down McCreary, initially in the round with a figure prior to felling him shot.
Ohio’s McCreary, 26, was unbeaten in 17 contests.
“I was happy. This was the plan, to target the human body,” said Frampton. “Tyler is fairly tall. We have seen that he has left interruptions.
“My hand wasn’t great coming to the camp as well. It is always hitting the body than the head.
“I feel as if I hurt it again in the next round, so that is why it was not the most exciting fight in the planet, but that I simply cruised to a points win. I simply needed to be secure with my hands.”
Frampton has targeted a featherweight world title battle against WBO junior lightweight world champion Jamel Herring.
He’d eventually become the first three-weight world winner of Ireland, if Frampton was going to win the belt.
“I know [Jamel] is the champ. I just want to struggle for a world title next,” he said.
“I need to get involved in large fights. I would adore the opportunity to combat Jamel. I am not the winner. He’s the winner.”