Carl Frampton and bold Barry McGuigan statements go hand in hand.
Throughout out ‘The Jackal’s’ career the Irish fight legend and Cyclone Promotions CEO has been predicting the ‘special talent’ would reach special heights.
The Belfast super bantamweight has backed up his mentors words to date claiming Commonwealth, European and World honours as well as selling out arenas.
On Saturday night Frampton surpassed the Irish great by making a third successful defence of his IBF World title and made Irish boxing history by becoming the island’s first ever unified champion.
The victory over Scott Quigg live on Sky PPV in front of 20,000 fight fans certainly cements the 29 year old’s status as an Irish great, but McGuigan believes The IBF and WBA champ is the greatest Irish fighter of all time.
McGuigan admits some more milestones may have to passed for that to be the consensus across the board, but is confident the Belfast fighter has the talent and is now in a position career-wise to secure the kind of fights that will see him go down in folklore as Ireland’s best ever.
“I think this kid is the best Irish fighter we have ever had,” McGuigan said post-fight on Saturday.
“Now that is a big bold statement and I get told off all the time, but he has time to prove it and I genuinely believe that.
” If he is not the greatest Irish fighter we intend to prove he is one of the greatest Irish fighters over the next few fights.”