Carl Frampton made a triumphant return to the ring with a seventh-round stoppage of Darren Traynor.

The 33-year-old Northen Irishman floored his opponent with body shots in the sixth round and ended the fight in the next in his first bout since he required surgery on both hands in December following his win over Tyler McCreary.

Frampton is targeting a fight with WBO super-featherweight champ Jamel Herring later this year, after their proposed meeting in June was shelved due to the coronavirus pandemic, so he needed to come through his tune-up against Aberdeen's Traynor at an empty York Hall on Saturday.

Traynor was a late stand-in after Frampton's original opponent Armenian Vahram Vardanyan suffered visa problems.

And, despite a sluggish start, Frampton was far superior in every department as he shook off the lockdown ring rust.

He showed his class with a couple of big hooks to the body late in the sixth round which floored his opponent.
Traynor just beat the count and the bell immediately saved him from further punishment, but he decided he had had enough 60 seconds into the seventh round following another left hook to the body.

Michael Conlan still unbeaten 

Elsewhere on the card, Michael Conlan extended his unbeaten run in the paid ranks to 14-0 with victory over French fighter Sofiane Takouch.

Conlan stopped his opponent in the tenth round to move a step closer to a world title shot. 

The Belfast boxer started well, and had much success to the body of the Frenchmen. However, low blows in rounds four and five saw Conlan docked two points. 

A little unsure of himself for a while, Conlan recovered and delivered a telling left hook to the body of Takoucht in the final round.

More jabs landed, with the referee eventually stopping the contest.