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Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr: Our round by round analysis

Carl Frampton remains the IBF super-bantamweight world champion after beating Alejandro Gonzalez Jr after 12 rounds. Here is our round by round analysis from David Kelly who watched the fight in El Paso Texas.

Round 1

The action doesn’t take long to heat up in Texas as Gonzalez Jr lands a looping left hook round the guard and Frampton touches down for a flash knockdown. Frampton down again later in the round in a disastrous opener for the Belfast man.

Our verdict: Frampton 7-10 Gonzalez Jr

Round 2

Gonzalez Jr lands a low blow but the dangerous right hand is also finding its target. Carl gets his rhythm back with some good combinations and body shots. Frampton throwing a few wild shots reminiscent of the Robbie Turley fight earlier in his career.

Our verdict: Frampton 10-9 Gonzalez Jr

Round 3

Gonzalez Jr deducted a point for persistent low blows after landing his third offensive shot below the waistline. ‘The Jackal’ has found his jab and looks calmer and more in control after a ferocious opening to the bout.

Our verdict: Frampton 10-8 Gonzalez Jr

Round 4

Carl lands a left hand late in the round that ruffles Gonzalez Jr. The taller Mexican is not holding the Tigers Bay man off as easily as in the first few rounds as Frampton narrows the distance quickly to get his shots off inside.

Our verdict: Frampton 10-9 Gonzalez Jr

Round 5

Gonzalez Jr is still dangerous and timing his shots well, especially the double left hook. The Mexican’s body assault is also a concern but Frampton takes back control of centre ring with his better boxing brain.

Our verdict: Frampton 10-9 Gonzalez Jr

Round 6

Frampton starting to settle down now and picking his shots. Gonzalez Jr has a sneaky uppercut in his arsenal but Carl is bringing Alejandro forward before slashing him with classy hooks.

Our verdict: Frampton 10-9 Gonzalez Jr

Round 7

The world title challenger is giving a lot more than some observers expected and makes the champion work hard on his US debut. Reigning WBC king and potential future Frampton opponent Leo Santa Cruz is watching with interest at ringside.

Our verdict: Frampton 10-9 Gonzalez Jr

Round 8

The referee gets involved again as Frampton is warned mid-round for a low blow of his own. Gonzalez Jr lands some whipping shots and grows again in confidence. The early adversity appears to be drifting away as Frampton lands consecutive right hands.

Our verdict: Frampton 10-9 Gonzalez Jr

Round 9

Decent round for Gonzalez Jr who gets off with some good punches and shows that he is not about to go down without a fight. The challenger makes a solid argument for taking the round.

Our verdict: Frampton 9-10 Gonzalez Jr

Round 10

Carl naturally slowing down as the torrid pace begins to ease. Gonzalez Jr has never done the 12 round distance before but looks relatively strong. Carl just does enough to win the round.

Our verdict: Frampton 10-9 Gonzalez Jr

Round 11

Gonzalez Jr loses another point for low blows and the scorecards are starting to move Frampton further away towards victory. The Tijuana man surely needs to land a big blow to save this.

Our verdict: Frampton 10-8 Gonzalez Jr

Round 12

Carl wants to leave the American audience with a tasty closing session and he lands a big right hand. Gonzalez Jr duly sucks it up and continues to motor forward. ‘The Jackal’ squeezes home after a nerve-racking but exciting war.

Our verdict: Frampton 10-9 Gonzalez Jr

Our scorecard: Frampton 116-108 Gonzalez Jr

Judges’ scorecards:

Frampton 115-109 Gonzalez Jr

Frampton 116-108 Gonzalez Jr

Frampton 116-108 Gonzalez Jr

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