Frampton won a World title in a second weight division on Saturday, overcoming champion Leo Santa Cruz to take the WBA featherweight belt, and Haye was mightily impressed.
Described the enormity and the style of the victory, the former heavyweight World champion told the BBC that “he was amazing, going up in weight to fight the best guy in the division, a three-weight world champion.”
“He was really up against it over here in the States, he really had to rise to the occasion and did that in fantastic style.”
“He didn’t just box, he stood there toe to toe, let his hands go and he won in my opinion a very clear victory. I’m so proud of him because he’s really fulfilling his potential.”
Highlighting ‘The Jackal’s qualities, Haye noted “the skill set he has in the ring, in the ring he can do anything he wants. He can turn southpaw, can stand and fight, he’s a master boxer. He can do anything.”
The manner of the victory in New York, after being written off by so many, was what most impressed the Londoner who explained that “he was fighting a guy who was so so tough and so so strong with such a high workrate.”
“This kind of opponent, on paper, should beat Carl Frampton – but he wasn’t having any of it.”
“He was the underdog coming into this fight but he turned it on its head and he’s going to go down as an all time great.”