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Carl Frampton hails Ireland’s Last Man Standing Roy Sheahan

Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton has hailed his former team-mate Roy Sheahan following his big win earlier this month.

Frampton, like most in Irish boxing, was delighted to see 33-year-old middleweight Roy Sheahan claim top prize in the inaugural Ireland’s Last Man Standing tournament in Dublin.

Athy fighter Sheahan, who only turned pro at the start of the year, won three fights in one night to take the €25,000 top prize, beating Vladimir Belujsky, JJ McDonagh, and Jack Cullen.

Writing in his weekly column for the Sunday Life, Frampton said that “I was delighted for Roy Sheahan after he won Ireland’s Last Man Standing at the National Stadium last week in Dublin.”

“I don’t always get my predictions right but a couple of weeks ago in this column I said I had a feeling that Roy could surprise a few people over the three-round format and he did the business.”

“He’s a big puncher and also one of the funniest guys I know – he deserves all the success that comes his way.”

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Frampton and Sheahan were Irish team-mates during the 2000s, and both medaled at the 2007 EU Championships in Dublin [pictured], with ‘The Jackal’ claiming flyweight silver and catching the eye of Barry McGuigan for the first time, while ‘The Joker’ took home welterweight gold.

Sheahan [4(1)-0] will now look to kick on following his amazing start to pro life following three years out, while Frampton [24(14)-1(0)] is currently in the midst of preparation for his showdown with Nonito Donaire in Belfast on April 21st.


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie