Carl Frampton shown at Friday’s weigh-in/Photo courtesy of Lucas Noonan, PBC
Carl Frampton of Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday afternoon was decked twice in the first round by Alejandro Gonzalez Jr., but Frampton recovered to retain his super bantamweight world title with a unanimous decision at Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas. The Premier Boxing Champions card was televised by CBS.
Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) won by scores of 115-109, 116-108 and 116-108. Gonzalez (25-2-2, 15 KOs), of Mexico, had two points deducted for low blows. It was Frampton’s U.S. debut.
The semi-main event saw heavyweights Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) of Riverside and Fred Kassi (18-3-1, 10 KOs) of New Orleans box to a 10-round majority draw. The scores were 95-95, 95-95 and 96-94 for Arreola.