Carl Frampton returned to the ring on Saturday night in at the SSE Arena against Mexican fighter Horacio Garcia in front of his hometown faithful in Belfast. Frampton got off to a fast start winning the first three rounds on my card but Garcia proved to be game and kept coming forward and seemingly turning the the tide of the fight in the middle rounds, in what was a good back and forth affair.
Garcia kept coming forward and pinning Frampton against the ropes while landing combinations. When the fight was in the middle of the ring Frampton was able to get the better of it as the speed advantage was clear. In the 7th round Frampton seem to slip as Garcia landed a punch and was scored a knock down. However, by then Frampton looked sluggish and fatigued and Garcia kept coming forward imposing his will.
The Mexican native was able to press the action the entire fight and seem to take control in the latter part but Frampton came out and threw punches, seeming to have an urgency to win rounds. The Belfast native won the fight by unanimous decision (98-93, 97-93, 96-93) with what some called generous scorecards, I personally scored it 95-94 Frampton. It was a good give and take fight, both guys took punishment and gave it. For Frampton, the question on most minds is that if Lee Selby is next?