Carl Frampton has a lot to be proud of.
The Belfast man has won Irish amateur titles, been a champion of Europe as a pro, became Ireland’s first ever unified champion, and is on course to become a two-weight champion of the World.
‘The Jackal’ has also cultivated one of the most enviable supports in sport, never mind just boxing and a proud father and family man.
Yet ‘one of the proudest moments’ of his life came when he was away from home and in training camp ahead of his July 30th featherweight World title clash with Leo Santa Cruz.
The Cyclone Promotions puncher who doubles up as a Northern Ireland supporter and inspiration to the squad claims the Northern Ireland’s victory over Ukraine in Lyon at the European Championships yesterday filled him with pride.
Frampton told BBC Radio Ulster: “It was a different side. I thought that they were just a bit weary in their first game, their first major game.”
“Some of these players are playing first division football in England. They’re up against Lewandowski, one of the best players in the world. So there’s a big difference there.”
“But I knew that they’d have a real go against Ukraine – they had to. They played it like a cup final and it was fantastic to see. I think Michael O’Neill deserves a lot of credit and so do all the boys.”
“Genuinely it was one of the proudest moments of my life.”