Carl Frampton finally experiences what it is like to be part of ‘The Jackal Army’

Once he downs some pavlova, Carl Frampton heads straight for YouTube after he is done with his post-fight media duties.

Ireland’s first ever unified World champ doesn’t want to watch himself back, rather he wants to take in the pre-fight atmosphere that accompany his fights.

‘The Jackal’ goes in search of online footage of what is becoming the known as the ‘Sweet Caroline moments,’ and watches his loud and partisan fan base party like no other fight fans.

The fighter, who challenges Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight World title on July 30th, claims watching such scenes fill him with pride, yet has no problem admitting he feels some what envious of those rejoicing in the special atmosphere.

No doubt Frampton is happy to be the one giving such a fanbase a reason to rejoice, and he has never suggested that he wanted to trade places. Instead, the fighter with the X-Factor would love to have  X-Men powers and be able to have an out-of-body experience during his fights.

The Belfast fighter finally got the chance to sample what it is like to be part of the one the most famous supports in modern day boxing, and didn’t need any special powers to finally sample what it was like to get ‘The Jackal Army’ experience.

Frampton headed to France last week to take in his beloved Northern Ireland’s first Euro 2016 clash against Poland, and although the result didn’t go the Green and White Army’s way, Ireland’s first ever unified World champ contends that it was one of the best experiences of his life.

“Going to the stadium in Nice for the Poland game was a great experience. There was a real carnival atmosphere with the Polish and Northern Ireland fans mixing so well — none of the nonsense that the Russian and English fans have been up to,” he wrote in his weekly Sunday Life column.

“As soon as I got spotted the fans crowded around and got plenty of selfies and even persuaded me to beat their bass drum.”

“It was an incredible atmosphere, one of the best experiences of my life and it did give me some idea of what it would be like as a fan at one of my fights — I’ve often said I would like to have an out of body experience and look on as I am fighting in the ring.”

“The result didn’t turn out the way we wanted but I still believed that we could come up with a performance to show why we had got to the Euros in the first place.”


Integral part of the Irish boxing community for over 13 years