The Fantasy Irish Boxing Super Series continued today with plenty of drama to fill our currently boxing-less lives.
In the second edition of the tournament following Andy Lee’s win on Tuesday, we sought to find the top modern Irish featherweight.
Borrowing from the game-changing World Boxing Super Series format, eight fighters were virtually pitted against each other in a single-elimination knockout tournament.
After a day of polls, it was ‘The Jackal’, Belfast’s Carl Frampton, who was crowned the nine-stone champion champion.
The Tiger’s Bay fighter knocked out former manager Barry McGuigan in the final after the pair came through a field that also included Wayne McCullough, Paul Hodkinson, Martin Lindsay, Pajo Hyland, and Mick Conlan.
The random draw kept the four former world champs apart but there was an immediate upset with Lindsay stopping Breen Team Scouser Hodkinson.
Frampton and McGuigan opened their accounts with stoppages over Hyland and Marco McCullough, respectively.
The tightest of the quarters, as expected, came between Conlan and Wayne McCullough – with ‘The Pocket Rocket’ grinding out a narrow unanimous decision win.
Going into the semis, McGuigan would stop a spirited Lindsay while and Frampton scored a decisive unanimous decision win over his hero McCullough.
That all led us to the final that everyone wanted – McGuigan versus Frampton.
Plenty has gone on – with plenty more to come – between the pair but the fantasy equivalents of the pair were able to duke it out in the ring. In the end, Frampton got the better of the ‘Clones Cyclone’, stopping McGuigan after a 73% to 27% scoreline.
We will continue this series with a different weight class every weekend. Please get in touch with your suggestions.