Carl Frampton picks up another award for 2016 exploits

2017 may be over five weeks old, but Carl Frampton is still picking up awards for his performances in 2016.

The Jackal has collected a bucket-load of awards for a sensation year, including gongs from Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America.

The accolades come following a year where he unified his IBF super batamweight title with Scott Quigg’s WBA strap before moving up to featherweight and winning the WBA belt from Léo Santa Cruz.

Last night Frampton was announced as the winner of the Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year Award, overcoming competition from World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea, Ireish rugby captain Rory Best, and multi medal-winning Paralympic Swimmer Bethany Firth.

Frapton was able to collect the award in person following his return to the Titanic City in the wake of his Las Vegas rematch defeat to Santa Cruz.

He said that “I’m delighted to win Sports Star of the Year at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, especially considering the quality of the other nominees. I was gutted to lose in Vegas but I know I can come back and be a World champion again and I’m looking to have my next fight at Windsor Park.”

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