Carl Frampton [23(14)-0] has been handed the Fighter of the Year gong for 2016 from the biggest boxing publication in the world.
The Bible of Boxing – Ring Magazine – have honoured ‘The Jackal’ for a fantastic 2016 in which he unified his IBF super bantamweight title with Scott Quigg’s WBA strap before moving up in weight to claim the WBA featherweight belt from Leo Santa Cruz.
What especially marked the Belfast man out was that both wins, against unbeaten fighters, came away from home, in Manchester and New York respectively.
Frampton’s competitors for the prize were Manny Pacquiao, Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence Crawford, and Roman Gonzalez.
The magazine described how Frampton “separated himself from a tight field of candidates by taking the biggest risks yet emerging victorious in two important fights, decisions over U.K. rival Scott Quigg and American Leo Santa Cruz.”
On the win, Frampton said that “Obviously it’s a huge honour. Toward the end of the year I picked up fighter of the year on some websites but THE RING Magazine, that’s the one. I’ve very, very proud of that.”
Frampton is currently rounding out his training in Las Vegas ahead of his WBA title rematch with Santa Cruz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday January 28th.
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