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Frampton receives hero’s welcome at home of beloved Crusaders

CARL Frampton was the subject of cheers from the stands were he grew up cheering on his beloved Crusaders FC on Friday night.

Thousands packed into Seaview to see the new Super-Bantamweight World champion Carl Frampton and his coveted IBF belt.

‘The Jackal’ took the coveted IBF Super Bantamweight world title from his Spanish Kiko Martinez opponent in front of 16,000 fans on September 6 and paraded it in front of fans on a night held specifically for the Belfast star.

Touched by all the attention, he told UTV: “It’s great, great reception, great turnout. Obviously a lot of thanks goes to the people who organised it, Gary Spence in particular.

“It’s a real pleasure, it honestly is.

“This is my old stomping ground, the Shore Road, it’s where I used to run about so this gives the people from around here the chance to come out and see me and show their support which is nice, very humbling.”

Several well-known faces joined the carnival atmosphere at Seaview including IFA President Jim Shaw and Chief Executive Patrick Nelson, current Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter and Olympic and Commonwealth boxer Paddy Barnes.

Former boxing stars Neil Sinclair and Hugh Russell joined Carl’s manager Barry McGuigan on stage at one point to reminisce about memorable fights.


Integral part of the Irish boxing community for over 13 years