Saturday night from the he SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland a world title double header took place headlined by former two division world champion Carl Frampton taking on former five division world champion Nonito Donaire for the interim World Boxing Organization World Featherweight Title. The co-feature would be WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete and former two division world champion Omar Andres Narvaez.
While the main event on paper seemed to promise an all action contest as both Frampton and Donaire win or lose have always been involved in high action paced fights. It would start off with a slow calculated first round as Donaire pressed forward and Frampton tried working off the back-foot with his jab. While neither fighter accomplished much the pressure of Donaire in my opinion won him the round. It would bee all Carl Frampton rounds two through four as he worked his jab from a distance and made sure Donaire could not land clean counters by using superior footwork. There would be swelling around the left eye of Donaire at the end of round two caused by a Frampton combination.
In round five Nonito Donaire would have success with his uppercuts even hurting Frampton who had become too confident and leaned forward as he moved in. Then in rounds six through eleven Frampton boxed smart used volume and footwork to keep Donaire confused and looking for answers which never came. The twelfth and final round would go to Donaire as he applied pressure to Frampton as he from my guess decides not to chance being caught with a last minute onslaught attempt by Donaire. When the final scores were read all three Judges seen it correctly declaring Carl Frampton the winner by scores of 117-111 on all three cards. I personally had the same unofficial scorecard.
With his win Carl Frampton improved to 25-1(14) while Nonito Donaire now stands at 38-5 (24). This win should secure Frampton a showdown with who ever comes out on top between former Frampton opponent Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares in their June WBA Featherweight title showdown.
The nights co-feature between Zolani Tete and Omar Andres Narvaez was a dreadfully boring one sided affair. While not many expected fireworks from the duo at least fans hoped there would be some action if not for the survival mode tactics by Narvaez it might have been. The champion Tete attempted to push a fight and get Narvaez out of his shell but the 42 year old aging former champion would have none of it. He used his experience to make sure he lasted all twelve rounds without taking too much abuse. When it was over scores read 120-108 all in favor of Zolani Tete who retained his WBO bantamweight title while improving to 27-3 (21), Omar Narvaez now stands at 48-3-2 (25). in my opinion Narvaez if this is going to be his approach in fights “Survival” he should retire and not tarnish a quality legacy created at lower weight classes, as for Tete unfortunately this did noting to improve his marketability but that is to no fault of his own.
In undercard action
Middleweight Luke Keeler improved to 14-2-1 (5) with a unanimous decision over Conrad Cummings 13-2-1 (6) official scores read 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 in favor or Keeler who also claimed the vacant WBO European Middleweight Title.
Welterweight Tyrone McKenna 16-0-1 (6) def. Anthony Upton 17-2 (6) via UD 10.
Super Middleweight Ryan Hatton 3-0 (3) def. Attila Tibor Nagy 11-31-1 (7) via TKO 2