Frampton tops Quigg by split decision for super-bantam belts
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 28, 2016 02:18 PM
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, world champion Carl Frampton celebrates with after defeating Chris Avalos of the U.S. during the IBF super bantamweight world boxing title fight at the Odyssey arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland. With British fighters holding 13 versions of world titles, the country’s boxing scene is booming and two of those champions face off on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 in a matchup that has been in the making for years. Carl Frampton defeated previously unbeaten Scott Quigg to claim the WBA and IBF belts respectively (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Carl Frampton added Scott Quigg's WBA super-bantamweight belt to his IBF one by winning their unification fight by split decision on Saturday.
Frampton, from Northern Ireland, was only a slight favorite against local fighter Quigg, and the fight between the unbeaten pair also played out closely over 12 mainly cagey rounds before a sellout crowd of 20,000.
A good final round by Frampton, who frustrated Quigg and came off the ropes with uppercuts, may have decided it for the judges, two of whom scored it 116-112 for Frampton. The third gave it to Quigg by 115-113.
Frampton improved his record to 22-0, having owned the IBF belt for a year.
Quigg's record dropped to 31-1-2, having lost the WBA version he's owned for three years.