Former two-division world titleholder Carl Frampton suffered fractures in both hands in his 10-round unanimous decision victory against Tyler McCreary.
Frampton dropped McCreary twice in their 130-pound bout on Saturday evening on the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Following the fight, Frampton, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, said that he believed he had re-injured the same left hand that he broke in a freak accident in August when a concrete pillar fell on it inside the fight hotel's lobby, which forced him to withdraw from a fight against Emmanuel Dominguez
After a visit with a hand specialist on Wednesday, it was determined that Frampton, who has won world titles at 122, 126, and 130-pounds, suffered an acute fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand, and a fracture at the base of his third metacarpal in his right hand.
"I'll be back with a bang in 2020," Frampton said.
Once Frampton recovers, he is expected to face junior lightweight world titlist Jamel Herring in the spring in Belfast
Herring (21-2, 10 KO's), 34, of Coram, New York, won a 130-pound belt by unanimous decision against Masayuki Ito in May and then outpointed mandatory challenger Lamont Roach on Nov. 9 in his first defense.