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Kassi starts off with a few jabs but they miss. Arreola slowly
stalks his foe, looking to land some power. Left hand from Arreola
lands, but it’s a glancing blow. Arreola presses him into the ropes
and proceeds to crush his ribs with a left hook. Kassi is backing
up, trying to establish his jab, but he is pawing with it. Arreola
comes in to slug and walks into a tight right cross, but he’s
unfazed. The action is slow-paced for the full round as both men
are taking their time. Arreola lands a double jab and then digs a
powerful right to the body. Kassi answers with a left hook at the
bell. 10-9 Arreola.
Arreola continues to come forward, but he’s looking for an opening.
Kassi backs away, pawing with the jab. The heavyweights are
throwing one, two punches at a time, making for a lack of action
early. Kassi pops him with a short left hook as they come together.
Arreola is unflinching, coming after the Cameroon native. They
trade left hands late, but nothing comes of it. 10-9 Arreola.
Kassi lands a nice one-two as Arreola chases him down. Arreola
stalks him, tossing out the jab here and there, looking to unload a
bomb. Kassi comes inside briefly and is nailed by a right uppercut.
He take sit well and backs out of danger. Kassi starts landing some
decent jabs at the midway point and suddenly Arreola isn’t as
aggressively coming forward. Kassi lands a right to the body and
has changed course; Arreola is now backing up. Kassi piles on the
jabs and switches between southpaw and conventional a few times,
confusing the Californian. 10-9 Kassi.
Arreola storms out of his corner and smothers Kassi with shots to
the head and body, but Kassi avoids most of the attacks. The
explosion stops as Kassi goes back to the jab, but Arreola cracks
him with a powerful overhand right, rocking him. Kassi quickly
clears his head and returns to the jab. Arreola has stopped
punching for the moment until Kassi tags him with a right to the
face. Arreola comes back with an overhand right to the hand and
then a nasty shot to the gut. Arreola stays on him and hurts him
with another overhand right to the ear. Kassi stumbles back but is
able to avoid the incoming fury. Arreola digs a thudding left to
the body and Kassi folds over. He stays up but has to take another.
Huge round for Arreola. 10-9 Arreola.
Arreola stays aggressive early and backs Kassi into the ropes. “The
Nightmare” lands a wicked left to the body, hurting his foe. Kassi
escapes out the side and tries to regroup. Kassi gets his jab going
again, stopping the charges of Arreola. A nice counter right hand
from Arreola snaps Kassi’s head back but the New Orleans resident
comes back with a left hook to the jaw. As they trade hooks to the
body, their heads inadvertently come together. Luckily nobody is
cut. Chris cracks Kassi with a powerful left hand and then a right,
but Kassi comes back with a right of his own. Kassi closes out the
frame with a slapping right hand to the cheek. Very close round.
Kassi is the one who comes out of his corner with aggression, but
he is unable to land anything clean. They clinch early and often.
Kassi pops him with a right uppercut on the inside, but Arreola
lands a counter left. Kassi delivers a nice one-two in the center
of the ring. Another. Kassi is starting to find a rhythm again and
he’s now walking Arreola back. With a minute left, Kassi lands a
nice left hook. Arreola takes a step back and takes a deep breath.
Kassi closes out the round jabbing Arreola from one side of the
ring to the other. All Kassi. 10-9 Kassi.
Arreola tries to re-assert himself but Kassi is in control with his
jab and movement. Arreola digs a double left to the body and then
one to the head, his best punches in a few rounds. Kassi goes back
to the jab and lands a few decent shots to the face. Kassi ducks
under a right and counters with a left hook to the jaw. Arreola is
the one coming forward but he can’t get his shots off late. Arreola
comes alive very late and lands a jab/right hand, but it’s not too
powerful. Arreola goes to the body and then clinches, but Kassi
lands two moderate left hands as they were separating. Arreola’s
rally is not enough to steal the round. 10-9 Kassi.
Kassi continues to control the distance with the jab, keeping the
charging Arreola away. There is some bruising and swelling around
Arreola’s left eye now. Kassi cracks him with a clean lead right
hand before clinching. Kassi is warned for ducking his head too
low. Arreola digs a nice left to the body, but Kassi takes it.
Arreola is trying to make it a brawl but Kassi’s movement and jab
work continues to prevent it. 10-9 Kassi.
Kassi’s corner is telling him that he needs to win these last two
rounds big. Arreola is trying to make Kassi brawl with him, but as
usual, the Cameroonian won’t budge. Kassi continues to move well
and jab but Arreola double up the left to the body before landing a
nice overhand right. Hard left to the body/right to the head from
Arreola, who suddenly has some life. With 80 seconds left, Chris
crushes him with a brutal left to the body but Kassi isn’t fazed.
Arreola gets inside and lands a right uppercut and then a left hook
but Kassi’s chin is superb. Kassi lands a straight right with 10
seconds left and then a harder right to the dome at the bell. 10-9
The outcome is likely in the air. Some of the rounds could have
easily gone either way and whoever wins this round could win the
fight. Arreola comes right after him but isn’t letting his hands
fly. Kassi backs up, jabbing safely. Kassi is moving well and is
keeping Arreola away early on. Arreola comes right after his foe,
but walks into a loopy right hand. Arreola finally gets on the
inside and forces a brawl for a few moments, but nothing lands
cleanly from either man. Arreola lands a short left hook with a
minute left, but it’s more glancing than anything. Kassi tosses out
a few jabs but is caught by a left hook. Kassi counters with a
sizzling one-two with 20 seconds left. Arreola storms after him
with 10 seconds left and lets his hands go, landing only a few
partial shots. Very close round. 10-9 Arreola (96-94 Arreola).
The Official Result
Chris Arreola and Frederic Kassi fight to a Majority Draw (96-94
Arreola, 95-95, 95-95) 3:00, R10
Frampton rushes out of his corner, but balks when he meets
Gonzalez, who jabs to the body. They trade left hooks along the
ropes, but Frampton stumbles down onto his knee and glove. He’s
correctly ruled down. He gets up and appears fine, but Gonzalez
comes right after him. Frampton shows he’s clear and Gonzalez backs
off. They trade hard lefts to the body at the midway point.
Gonzalez goes low with the left but he has to take a right to the
face for his effort. Right to the body from Frampton, who is really
pressing the issue. Gonzalez tries to the throw a combo but
Frampton nails him with the left to the head. The junior feathers
again trade lefts to the body. Gonzalez digs a right and left to
the gut and then floors Frampton with an overhand right to the
temple. Frampton climbs to his feet and he is shaky, but he is
saved by the bell. 10-7 Gonzalez.
Frampton looks okay as the round starts; he comes right after
Gonzalez. Frampton goes to the body twice before Gonzalez does.
Gonzalez just misses with a huge overhand right but Frampton can’t
make him pay. Frampton comes after him again and lands a few good
shots to the head and body along the ropes. Gonzalez fires back,
going to the groin by accident. After a brief pause, Frampton again
comes right at the Mexican. Frampton ducks under a right cross and
tags him with a double left hook, but Gonzalez counters with a
right uppercut. Very good pace thus far. Gonzalez snaps his head
back with a lead right hand, but Frampton answers with a nice left
to the face. Gonzalez connects with a left hook at the bell. 10-9
Gonzalez is warned for a low blow as soon as the round starts, his
second warning. They come together and Gonzalez nails him to the
body, dropping Frampton. It is ruled low (replays show it’s very
low) and “Cobrita” is sternly warned. Frampton comes right back up
and tries to tear into Gonzalez. Double jab/right to the face by
the Irishman. Gonzalez comes back with a flurry, and Frampton
obliges. They swing wildly toe-to-toe briefly before they clinch.
Frampton triples up the jab after tasting a right hand. With just
under a minute left, Frampton pops him with a stiff right hand.
Double jab/right to the face again from the “Jackal” who has
suddenly taken control of the fight. Hard left hook by Frampton
with about 10 seconds left causes Gonzalez to back into the ropes.
They meet in the center and trade some serious leather. Gonzalez
backs off, allowing Frampton to double up the jab. Frampton backs
up his foe and nails him with a sizzling right hand. Gonzalez comes
back with a right to the face but Frampton walks through it.
Gonzalez throws a double left hook but Frampton blocks it. He
doesn’t block the follow-up right to the mouth, though. Jab/left
hook by Frampton with just over a minute left. Gonzalez seems a bit
confused now as he can’t get his punches off like he was earlier in
the fight. Massive left hook rocks Gonzalez into the ropes with 30
seconds left, but the Mexican stays upright. Carl lands two nice
jabs before the bell. 10-9 Frampton.
They come right out and exchange heavy blows to the head and body.
Gonzalez digs a nice left to the stomach before swallowing a left
in return. Gonzalez lands a series of powerful jabs; he’s ramped up
his power early. Frampton lands a glancing overhand right a minute
in. Gonzalez is backing up, backs into the ropes, and takes a
jab/right to the head. Gonzalez crushes another thudding shot to
the body but Frampton is unfazed. The Irishman continues to stalk
his foe, going to the head and body. A crisp left hook connects for
Gonzalez before the bell. 10-9 Frampton.
Gonzalez lands a nice left to the body and then a right to the
head. Frampton backs his challenger up into the ropes and smacks
him with a right to the jaw. Gonzalez moves away but has to take a
few jabs. Gonzalez counters with the right hand and then goes low.
Hard one-two by the “Jackal” snaps Gonzalez’ head back. He chases
“Cobrita” with a hard double jab. Frampton is in total control as
he lands a powerful overhand right. Beautiful left/right from
Frampton couldn’t have been cleaner, but Gonzalez storms back with
a left hook late. 10-9 Frampton.
Gonzalez lands a borderline left hook to the body right away but
he’s not warned. Frampton comes back with a double jab but his
follow-up right misses. Gonzalez tags him with a nice right hand,
but Frampton walks right through it. Frampton fakes the jab and
connects with a nice right to the mouth. They collide in the center
of the ring as they exchange lefts to the body. The action has
slowed a little bit late in the round, but the crowd has begun
cheering and chanting for “Cobrita” late. Junior Alejandro jabs to
the body twice before the bell. 10-9 Frampton.
Gonzalez ducks under a jab and tags Frampton with a right. The
champ continues to jab away, controlling the action. Gonzalez digs
a left to the body but misses with the right to the head. Frampton
presses him into the ropes and unloads a nice three-punch combo.
Gonzalez is unhurt, escapes, and then nails his opponent with a
crushing right to the ribs. They exchange low blows and the ref
warns both of them about going low too often. Hard right to the ear
by Frampton with a minute left. Jab-jab-right to the dome from
Frampton; Gonzalez misses wildly with a counter left hook. 10-9
They stand toe-to-toe early until Gonzalez nails him with a
powerful right hand to the jaw. They continue to trade but Gonzalez
dishes out a left hook that’s clean. Frampton keeps coming after
him but Gonzalez lands another nice right hand. They clinch and the
action slows down a little. Frampton sticks a left to the ribs and
then a right to the face. Gonzalez has slowed quite a bit with a
minute left but Frampton isn’t taking advantage of it. They clinch
a few times, likely looking to catch a breather. “Cobrita” lands
another right hand late before eating a right in return. Close
round and it was Gonzalez’ best since the first. 10-9 Gonzalez.
Frampton takes a right to the stomach but answers with a double
jab. Stiff left jab from Gonzalez forces Carl to take a few steps
back. Frampton has resumed complete control with the multiple jabs,
followed by a slick right hand. Gonzalez seems to have hit a wall
as he’s not as active as he had been earlier in the contest.
Frampton lands a nice right over the top with a minute left.
Frampton tags him with a left hook and then a right uppercut.
Gonzalez’s eyes are swelling up late. 10-9 Frampton.
Frampton storms right out of his corner and quadruples the jab.
Gonzalez isn’t desperate , though, and seems to have resorted to
surviving until the final bell. Frampton slaps him a few more times
with the jab but Gonzalez answers with a moderate overhand right.
Gonzalez becomes a little busier midway through the frame, but he’s
drilled by another loopy overhand right. Three-punch combo from the
Irishman with about a minute left; Gonzalez has not response.
Gonzalez goes low yet again and a point is finally taken away.
Frampton tags him with another right to the cheek just before the
bell. 10-8 Frampton.
Gonzalez clearly needs a miraculous knockout in order to win this
fight. Gonzalez is aggressive right away, coming after Frampton.
Frampton nails him with a three-punch flurry but Gonzalez continues
to press ahead. Frampton is backing up with the jab and sets a trap
for that right hand. They trade right hands along the ropes but
Carl’s is sharper. Gonzalez misses with what would have been a
crushing right uppercut with 90 seconds left. Frampton pops him
with a glancing overhand right and then clinches. Frampton flails
away and lands a left hook. With 30 seconds left, Gonzalez doesn’t
have the energy to go for broke. Frampton jabs and keeps a safe
distance until the final bell. 10-9 Frampton.
The Official Result
Carl Frampton def. Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. via Unanimous Decision
(115-109, 116-108 x2) 3:00, R12