WATCH: Year of the Jackal – RTÉ look back at fantastic 2016 for Frampton

While he didn’t win RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year for 2016, with mixed martial artist Conor McGregor taking the gong, it was refreshing to see Belfast’s Carl Frampton [23(14)-0] recognised for a sensational twelve months.

Following his super bantamweight unification with Scott Quigg and his featherweight title win over Leo Santa Cruz, ‘The Jackal’ was included in a twelve-person shortlist put out to a public vote.

Each of the athletes nominated also had a video interview, charting their achievements over the last year. RTÉ travelled to Frampton’s camp in London – the 29 year old was unable to attend the event tonight due to his preparations for his rematch with Santa Cruz next month – and shot the following video where the Ulsterman talks about his two big wins, his plans going forward, and expressed his thanks for the island-wide support he receives.

Watch the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year spot for Carl Frampton below:

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Joe O'Neill

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