'I had to fight': Carl Frampton reveals fresh hand fractures as he eyes Jamel Herring after Tyler McCreary cruise
Carl Frampton has revealed that he twice fractured his left hand in training to face Tyler McCreary in Las Vegas on Saturday evening.
The Belfast boxer eased past his Ohio opponent at the Cosmopolitan, awarded every round in a points victory that was earned despite continued trouble with his hand.
Not only did Frampton say it had been twice broken in the pre-fight camp but also aired his suspicions that it had once again been fractured in the second round of the fight.
It was a freak left hand fracture that prevented Frampton from fighting Emmanuel Dominguez in Philadelphia in August as a large ornament fell on the boxer in a hotel lobby just days before the scheduled bout.
Frampton did, on Saturday, finally get back into the ring almost a year on from his defeat to Josh Warrington but did not do so without further complication to the injury, revealing that it played a part in his body-targeting strategy.
"That was the plan from the start, to target (McCreary's) body," he said. "Tyler's pretty tall and we saw that he left gaps.
"My hand wasn't great coming into the camp as well so it's always a bit softer hitting a body than a head.
"I feel like I've hurt it again in the second round. That's why it wasn't the most exciting fight in the world. I just cruised to a points win. I just wanted to be safe with my hands.
"I feel like I've probably refractured it. I refractured it twice in the camp but I knew a lot of people were coming here to support me. There was absolutely no way I wasn't fighting. I did 26 or 28 rounds of sparring because of the hand but I had to fight."
Promoter Bob Arum brought WBO Super Featherweight champion Jamel Herring into the ring immediately after the unanimous 100-88 decision was revealed, a world title fight between the pair expected to be their next outing.
The only question is where?
"I'm not the champion here, he's the champion," said Frampton. "If it happens in Belfast, happy days, if it doesn't and I have to go to New York, I'm keen for that.
"I want to fight for a world title next. I want to be involved in big fights. and I would love the opportunity to fight Jamel.
"This is the first time I've met Jamel. My impression of him was that he's a nice guy and he has lived up to that. I know he's a champ."
Belfast Telegraph Digital