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:
2016 – The Year of the Jackal. Carl Frampton looks back on a year in which he became a a two-weight world champion. https://t.co/o4PNKnIsBp
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) December 17, 2016
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