Carl Frampton set for Windsor Park return

Carl Frampton will look to impress in Windsor Park yet again this weekend.

‘The Jackal’ fulfilled a dream by fighting at a venue he so often attended in his guise as a massive Northern Ireland fan last August.

The former two-weight world champion produced a knockout performance when defeating Luke Jackson on a special night for both himself and the ‘Jackal Army’.

The world title hopeful will take centre stage at the venue again this weekend, but will be lacing up his boots rather than his gloves.

Frampton is latest person to be confirmed for Calum Best’s ‘My Tribute’ game on Sunday afternoon which is dedicated to his late, great father George.

The Jamie Moore-trained fighter will line up alongside or against the likes of former Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard, former Chelsea captain John Terry, Eastenders actor Jake Wood, Danny Dyer, Dean Gaffney, TOWIE star James Argent, and the F2 Freestylers among others.

‘Sellebrity Soccer’ stages celebrity football matches across the UK to raise cash for charity has teamed up with the IFA for the fund-raiser.

The safe money will be on Frampton to wear the number 3 jersey and man a left back berth.

It was as a left back in underage football that he secured the nickname ‘The Jackal’, which has it’s roots in comparisons to one Roberto Carlos – although Frampton has also said that he was an accomplished centre midfielder, likening himself to Dennis Wise.

Frampton played for Loughside Boys and, briefly, with his beloved Crusaders before committing fully to boxing in his mid-teens. The Tiger’s Bay boxer did don the red-and-black in 2012 for the testimonial of Crusaders captain Colin Coates at Seaview.

In terms of boxing, Frampton is currently ticking over at home ahead of his return to camp.

The Ulsterman has a court case versus the McGuigans next month and hopes to return to training after this with the view to a fight at the end of summer – with a warm-up bout leading into WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez looking the likeliest route.

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