Carl Frampton knocks out Kris Hughes in seven rounds

Unbeaten Frampton keeps title after putting Hughes down in seven rounds

Carl Frampton retained his Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title with a seventh round knockout of Kris Hughes.

The Northern Irishman dominated from start to finish at London's York Hall and the result was never in doubt.

Frampton is now unbeaten in his 12 professional fights.

Easy: Carl Frampton destroyed Kris Hughes

Easy: Carl Frampton destroyed Kris Hughes

The champion has his sights set on British title holder Scott Quigg and took another step towards that fight on Saturday night.

Cutting off the ring well, he bombarded Hughes with body shots and the Scot offered little in return.

Rare: Hughes strikes back, but the result was never in doubt

Rare: Hughes strikes back, but the result was never in doubt

Hughes appeared to be coping with the barrage but was rocked by a right hand in the seventh round and crashed to the canvas.

Frampton may return to the ring in New York on the undercard of Matthew Macklin's world title fight on March 17.