Carl Frampton made the step up to super featherweight with aplomb tonight.
Returning to the ring after a long 11 months, ‘The Jackal’ dominated Tyler McCreary at the Cosmopolitan casino in Las Vegas.
Frampton won a unanimous points decision in their non-title ten-rounder in his first fight since his unsuccessful challenge of IBF featherweight champ Josh Warrington.
The Belfast favourite dropped the Ohio native in the sixth and the ninth en-route to a landslide points win.
For Frampton, it was a long-awaited return to the ring having seen an August comeback in Philadelphia scuppered due to a freak injury when a massive ornament fell on his hand on fight week.
However, despite the break, the 32-year-old looked sharp tonight in Sin City, outworking McCreary who found it hard to get his shots off.
A left hook to the body sent the American down in the sixth following five rounds of one-way Frampton traffic and McCreary would be put down with the same pair of shots in the ninth.
McCreary would manage to hold out to the final bell but did not even get a sniff of a round, with all three cards reading 100-88 in favour of Frampton who gets back to winning ways and improves to 27(15)-2(0).
The fight tonight was the chief support bout of a Top Rank card, Frampton’s debut under Bob Arum’s promotion, with former WBO featherweight champ Óscar Valdez facing late replacement Adam Lopez in the headliner in his own super feather debut.
Frampton is aiming to have a world title tilt next time out, either at feather or super feather, with stablemate and WBO 130lbs champ Jamel Herring looking the most likely.