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Carl Frampton wins comeback bout on points after Horacio Garcia provides a scare at the SSE Arena

Frampton wins by unanimous decision, Paddy Barnes takes inter-continental belt but Jamie Conlan loses World title fight

By Gareth Hanna

Carl Frampton has got back to winning ways in the closest of fashions at the SSE Arena.

Frampton edged past Mexican Horacio Garcia by unanimous decision on points. Frampton started well and looked like he would ease to a comfortable victory in the opening few rounds but the tireless opponent got stronger as the bout went on and gave the Jackal more than a little scare in his home venue.

Frampton went down in the seventh round and even though it looked like a slip, it was given a knockdown by the referee. That was just as his opponent was going on the offensive.

In the end, a stronger final round proved just enough to see Frampton edge to victory by unanimous decision. The judges scores were 98-93, 97-93, 96-93.

It's Frampton's first bout under promoter Frank Warren.

On the undercard, Paddy Barnes won the vacant WBO inter-continental flyweight belt and more importantly a top 10 WBO ranking when he stopped Eliecer Quezada in the sixth round with the last of a string of fine body shots.

There was bad news, however, for Jamie Conlan who lost his IBF World super-flyweight title bout against the classy champion Jerwin Ancajas. Conlan was floored three times in the opening four rounds and when he went down to a right hook in the sixth round, the referee ended a spirited performance.

There have also been early Belfast wins for Tommy McCarthy, Marc McCullough, Lewis Crocker and Steven Ward.

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