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Carl Frampton retained his IBF Super Bantamweight world title with a unanimous decision win over Alejandro Gonzalez Jr but not before he was given a huge scare in Texas, he recovered from being knocked down twice in the opening round
Frampton, 28, was forced to drop to his knee twice but gradually gained control over his dangerous Mexican opponent.
He responded to dominate almost the entirety of the rest of the fight and claim a unanimous victory that was solid but not nearly the spectacular performance he had been looking for.
“I was in shock,” admitted Frampton afterwards. “I came out slow. I need to give Gonzalez Jr so much credit, he doesn’t look like a big puncher but man he can punch.
“It was exciting but it wasn’t the performance I wanted. I don’t want to make excuses but I took too much weight off in the last few days. It’s a big decision whether to stay at this weight or go to featherweight – I don’t know.”
The Northern Irishman knocked his opponent’s head back with a flurry of jabs in the final round and his first victory on American turf was soon confirmed by the judges’ scorecards.