Carl Frampton chalked up his sixth successive victory with 60-55 victory over Ian Bailey at the King’s Hall last night.
Frampton, managed by former World champion Barry McGuigan, was clearly a class above Bailey who proved a good opponent at this stage of the Belfast man’s career, absorbing plenty of shots and trying to come back with his own but to little effect.
While super-bantamweight Frampton impressed with his variety of punching he clearly has plenty to learn, particularly when it comes to defence as he seemed to carry his chin far too high, an old trait from the amateurs.
His workrate also caught the eye and the weight of his punches is very encouraging as he seeks to move up in class in September.
Manager McGuigan said: “I thought overall it was a very good performance. You could see the fans were into it. They’re a very discerning crowd and they can see Carl’s a kid with amazing potential.”
Fellow Belfast prospect Jamie Conlan also impressed the King’s Hall fans with his 39-37 victory over Delroy Spencer.
Flyweight Conlan switched clinically from body to head and didn’t lose a round on my card.
Conlan’s coach John Breen said: “It was a very good performance from Jamie. He’s getting better and I thought he did a very professional job. I hope to keep him busy and pushing towards a British title shot.”
Middleweight Ciaran Healy pulled off a shock win when he out pointed Harry Matthews 58-56, handing the Yorkshireman his first defeat after nine straight wins.
Healy rocked Matthews in the second and the Belfast man — who had lost his last five fights — deserved the decision.
Cavan’s Andy Murray, who is chasing a European lightweight title shot, stopped Rotherham’s Jon Baguley at 2:41 of the second round. Former world champion Gavin Rees had a third round stoppage of Sam Amoako, while Cuban light-heavyweight Luis Garcia — based in Cork — stopped Nathan King in the fifth round.