Carl Frampton



Good evening everyone, Carl Frampton is back after a hugely frustrating 2017, where he lost his featherweight world title to Leo Santa Cruz then saw a comeback fight which he had missed weight for break down with hours to go as his opponent had a bathroom accident. But now, with a new promoter and a new trainer, the 2016 Fighter of the Year is back. And it's back to home comfort in Belfast!

Before we see the return of the Jackal against Horacio Garcia we have the small matter of a world title fight to take care of. And it's another hometown hero in action. Jamie Conlan is the challenger as Jerwin Ancajas defends the IBF super-flyweight title. That one will be getting going very shortly.

Ancajas - Conlan will be our second world title fight of the night. Want to watch the first, a WBO bantamweight title bout between South Africans Zolani Tete and Siboniso Gonya? Of course you do. And luckily for you it won't take much of your time. Less than 10 seconds in fact... Behold

That 6 second knockout is, I believe, a world championship record. Unsurprisingly. Let's hope we get a little more work from Conlan and Ancajas.

This should be a great fight in an absolutely brilliant weight division. The champion, Filipino Ancajas, has only 1 defeat in his 29 fight pro career, with 1 draw. He has stopped 13 of his last 14 foes early as well. 31 year-old Conlan has worked hard for this opportunity, his first at a world title. He is unbeaten in 19 pro-fights and will be desperate to take the opportunity

Ancajas is smiling from cheek to cheek as he walks to the ring. If he feels any pressure walking in to Conlan's back yard it is certainly not showing. The fighters are being introduced to the crowd inside the ring. 12 x 3 minute rounds await, if needed.

So, IBF super-flyweight world title on the line. Jerwin Ancajas vs Jamie Conlan from the SSE Arena in Belfast. Away we go...

Ancajas - Conlan Rnd 1: Southpaw stance for the 25 year-old champion. Orthodox from Conlan. Crowd in fine voice as the first minute passes without much incident. Good swinging right hand from Conlan but he goes down rather mysteriously!

Seems to be a leg injury for Conlan who dipped to a knee and was given a count by the referee. If it came from a punch it was a delayed reaction. Seems a little tentative as he drags the left leg around. It's a tough result as he possibly had the better of the round. But with that being marked a knockdown it will be a 10-8 Ancajas round.

Replays show a right hook from Ancajas connecting but it wasn't a powerful blow and Conlan only sunk down a good few seconds later. Suspect he has tweaked his leg in some way.