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McGuigan adds Frampton to list of Irish sporting legends

Former WBA featherweght World Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame member, Barry McGuigan, graced the couches of Second Captains Live last night on RTÉ 2.

‘The Clones Cyclone’ gave a trademark straight-talking and interesting interview, along with a few jokes, about his career, his position as an adored sportsman during The Troubles, and his relationship with Barney Eastwood.

Additionally, as guest of honour, the 54 year old was given control of ‘The Good Wall,’ and unsurprisingly the Monaghan man added his charge, IBF super bantamweight champ Carl Frampton, to the prestigious wall.

Indeed, McGuigan may have ruffled a few feathers by including ‘The Jackal’ at the expense of Kerry corner forward Colm Cooper – an eight time All-Star and a four time All-Ireland winner

On the decision, McGuigan joked that he may have a “slight bit of personal bias,” but “I couldn’t be on this show without bringing in Frampton.”

Praising the Belfast man, McGuigan explained that “Frampton is exceptional.”

This is the second time Frampton has been added to The Good Wall, having been placed there in April by Andy Lee.

The list in full is:

10. Carl Frampton
9. Katie Taylor
8. Paul McGrath
7. George Best
6. AP McCoy
5. Roy Keane
4. Brian O’Driscoll
3. Paul O’Connell
2. Padraig Harrington
1. Henry Shefflin

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