Wednesday 12 December 2018

Frampton can be best Irish 'ever'

Barry McGuigan complained that Carl Frampton got too involved in toe-to-toe action when winning the IBF world super bantamweight title against Kiko Martinez, but his protege certainly gave his audience - both in Belfast and around the world on BoxNation - value for money with a thrilling display that will rank highly in the annals of boxing.

Despite his minor reservations, McGuigan remains supremely bullish about Frampton's future. "He could end up being the best Irish fighter there's ever been," he says.

"Because he's enormous, he can go to featherweight and super featherweight. He knocks out lightweights in the gym. He can move through the weight divisions. If he gets the right fights at the right time in the right place, he can go as far as he wants."

Frampton insists he's going to hold his world title "for a very long time".

Last Saturday's showdown was a very different type of bout compared to the first time the pair met. This time Frampton controlled the ring, winning 11 of the 12 rounds.

"Although I have lumps all over my head, I think I was more clever," he said afterwards.

"I was winning the rounds and hurt him a few times. I dropped him as well. I felt fresh, even in the 12th round. I don't know whether it was the cool air or not, but I'd have been happy doing 15 rounds. He's very tough and it's good for me to be able to take a title off such a worthy champion."

Frampton did well to soak up the punishment heavy-hitter Martinez dished out at times. "He gave me some good shots," Carl agreed. "But I've proved I've a good chin. To have been involved in a war with such a brilliant fighter is going to help my career."

For sure, there are exciting times ahead for The Jackal and his supporters.

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