Carl Frampton

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Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton 2013.jpg
Frampton at Stormont, 2013
  • The Jackal
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Rated at
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Reach 65 in (165 cm)
Born (1987-02-21) 21 February 1987 (age 29)
Tiger's Bay, Belfast,
Northern Ireland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 23
Wins by KO 14
Losses 0

Carl Frampton, MBE (born 21 February 1987) is a professional boxer from Northern Ireland.[2] He has held the WBA (Super) featherweight title since July 2016, having previously held the IBF super-bantamweight title from 2014 to 2016, and the WBA (Super) super-bantamweight title from February to April 2016. At regional level he also held the Commonwealth super-bantamweight title from 2011 to 2013, and the European super-bantamweight title from 2013 to 2014. By winning the featherweight world title in 2016, Frampton became the first boxer from Northern Ireland and the second from Ireland (after Steve Collins in 1995) to have held world titles in two weight classes.

Amateur career[edit]

Amateur boxing in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is governed by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association. As an amateur, Frampton fought out of the Midland Boxing Club in Tiger's Bay and won the Irish senior flyweight title in 2005 and added the Irish featherweight title in 2009, beating David Oliver Joyce in the final.[3]

He also claimed a silver medal at the 2007 European Union Amateur Boxing Championships in Dublin, losing to France's Khedafi Djelkhir in the final.[4] Frampton is one of Ireland's most successful amateur boxers of recent years, winning over 100 of his fights and losing only 8 times.

Later commenting on his decision to box for the Irish team, Frampton, who grew up in a Unionist area of Belfast, said "I get asked all the time, 'would you have liked to have boxed for Great Britain?' And the answer is 'no'. I was looked after by Irish boxing from pretty much 11 years old and was very proud to box for Ireland." He added, "it's very humbling to know that so many people are supporting me from all over Ireland and mainland UK." [5]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Frampton turned professional after his victory in the 2009 Irish featherweight finals. In June 2009, fought his first professional fight at the Olympia, Liverpool, in England and beat Sandor Szinavel with a second-round knock-out on a card that included Grzegorz Proksa and Ajose Olusegan. In January 2010, he was named Ireland's Prospect of the Year at the Irish National Boxing Awards. In September 2010 he recorded an "electrifying" win over the Ukrainian Yuri Voronin in front of an Ulster Hall crowd which included Daniel Day-Lewis. The win led the Belfast Telegraph to liken him to a "reincarnation" of Barry McGuigan.[6]

In December 2010, Frampton won his first professional title, the BBBofC Celtic Super Bantamweight title, with a second-round TKO win over Scottish boxer Gavin Reid in the Ulster Hall.[7][8] Following his victory, Frampton described the Super Bantamweight division as being "super-hot" and named Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe as potential opponents. He then went on to get a fourth-round TKO win over Venezuelan Oscar Chacin, and later fought his first defence of his BBBofC Celtic title against Welshman Robbie Turley in June 2011, winning by a unanimous decision after ten rounds.

Commonwealth and Inter-Continental champion[edit]

Carl fought Australian Mark Quon as a replacement for Kiko Martinez on 10 September for the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast winning by a fourth-round TKO stoppage.[9] On 28 January 2012, he successfully defended his Commonwealth title against Kris Hughes in the York Hall, with the fight having to be stopped in the seventh round. According to the BBC, Frampton controlled the contest from the start and was never threatened by his opponent.[10] On 17 March 2012, Frampton once again defended his title against Ghana's Prosper Ankrah and won by a second-round TKO stoppage. After his victory Frampton challenged the British Champion Scott Quigg saying that "I don't know if he wants it but, if he does, he should tell his promoter".[11]

Frampton then beat fellow unbeaten contender Raúl Hirales, Jr. (previously 16-0, 8 KO's) of Mexico by a unanimous decision and won the vacant IBF Inter-continental Super Bantamweight title on the undercard of Carl Froch vs. Lucian Bute in Nottingham, UK. The fight took place on 26 May 2012. On 22 September 2012, Frampton took on former two-time world champion Steve Molitor. The fight took place in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on a card that included Martin Lindsay and Paul McCloskey. Frampton scored an impressive sixth-round TKO and had the former champion on the canvas three times during the bout. After the fight, Frampton announced that he was willing to "fight anyone" and that he was "ready for a world title fight".[12]

European champion[edit]

On 9 February 2013, Carl Frampton faced hard-punching Spaniard Kiko Martinez in front of 8,000 of his home fans in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Martinez, the European Champion, had previously knocked out Bernard Dunne in 86 seconds[13] to win the title and had never been knocked down. Frampton won by TKO in Round 9, winning the European Super Bantamweight title and retaining the IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title. After the fight Frampton said "I just want the people of Belfast to be proud of me", and described his beaten opponent as "hard as nails".[14] In August 2014, Martinez won the IBF title with a sixth-round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Colombian Jonatan Romero.

On 19 October 2013, Frampton defended his EBU and IBF Inter-Continental titles in an IBF World Title Eliminator against IBF #4 ranked Jeremy Parodi. The fight took place in front of a maximum capacity 9,000 fans at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Frampton knocked Parodi out with a body shot at the end of the sixth round.[15] On 4 April 2014 Frampton faced the Mexican Hugo Cazares at the Odyssey Arena in a final eliminator for Leo Santa Cruz's WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship. In front of a sold-out crowd of 9,000 Frampton knocked out Cazares in the 2nd Round, with a left hook to the head.[16]

IBF super bantamweight champion[edit]

Frampton vs. Martinez II[edit]

Frampton challenged for his first world title on 6 September 2014 in a rematch against Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs). Martinez's IBF Super Bantamweight title was at stake and the bout took place in an outdoor arena at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.[17] In the build-up to the fight, Frampton said of Martinez: "He's very emotional and that's what makes him dangerous... he's a hot-head, he can be very easily agitated but he's coming to win".[18] Fighting in front of a crowd of 16,000 Frampton knocked Martinez down in the fifth round and won by unanimous decision, with two scores of 119-108 and one score of 118-111, winning his first world title. Interviewed after the fight Frampton said "I've got the world title. I feel a bit emotional – it has been a long time coming, it has been a hard road. I intend to hang on to it for a very long time."[19] He went on to call for a unification fight with the WBA champion Scott Quigg, saying "I'll fight him in Manchester, I'll fight him anywhere".[20] After the fight, Barry McGuigan said of his protege "This kid could end up as the best Irish fighter there has ever been."[21]

As result of his performances Frampton was nominated for the 2014 RTE Sports Person of the Year. In 2015 he was named Britain's Coolest Man by ZOO Magazine beating the likes of David Beckham, Tom Hardy and Ed Sheeran to get the award. Frampton said after receiving the award, "I couldn’t believe it when they told me, I thought it was a wind-up! But it's great, especially as it's ZOO readers and the people of Britain who have voted for me. It's also great for the sport of boxing."[22]

Frampton was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to boxing.[23]

Frampton vs. Avalos[edit]

Frampton made his first defence on his title on February 28, 2015 against American Chris Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs) at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Frampton made a successful defense of his world title in devastating fashion as he laid a sustained beating on Avalos en route to a one-sided, fifth-round knockout. Avalos took a ferocious beating in the fifth round. A clean right hand staggered Avalos as Frampton continued to pound him around the ring. When he rocked Avalos with another right hand, referee Foster intervened and waved off the contest at 1 minute, 33 seconds.[24]

Frampton vs. Gonzalez Jr[edit]

It was announced that Frampton would make a second defence of his IBF World title on July 18 at the Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas against 22 year old Alejandro Gonzalez Jr live on ITV.[25] Gonzalez, who was a massive underdog, scored two knockdowns in the first round and appeared to ruin Frampton's plans. Frampton shook off the knockdowns, came back strong and rolled to a decisive unanimous decision in a highly entertaining fight that headlined the Premier Boxing Champions card on CBS. Despite the anxious early moments, Frampton won 116-108, 116-108 and 115-109 on the scorecards. Referee Mark Calo-Oy warned Gonzalez for hitting Frampton with a low blow in the second round and then took away a point when he did it again in the third round. Frampton controlled the fight from there on. According to CompuBox punch statistics, Frampton connected on 246 of 692 blows (36 percent), whilst Gonzalez landed 145 of 593 (24 percent).[26]

Unified super bantamweight champion[edit]

Frampton vs. Quigg[edit]

On 27 February 2016, Frampton fought his long-awaited opponent, undefeated WBA super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KOs) in front of a sell out crowd in Manchester. In a close fight, Frampton won by split decision with the judges scoring the fight 113-115, 116-112, 116-112. Frampton was in full control of the first half of the fight, during which Quigg simply could not find his range, however Quigg finally came alive down the stretch as the contest turned into a desperate tussle, but Frampton gave as good as he got.[27]


In March 2016, several press releases announced that Frampton did not intend to face Rigondeaux in his next bout. On 11 March 2016 the WBA wrote to Frampton inquiring whether the press releases were accurate and requested he confirm his intentions on or before 18 March 2016. The WBA received no response. Additionally, Rigondeaux's representatives were not approached by anyone on Frampton's behalf to negotiate a bout. "In light of Frampton's announced intention to face an opponent other than his mandatory", says WBA Championships Chairman Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, "and for failing to respond to WBA inquiries as to his intent, Frampton's recognition as Champion is removed."[28][29]

WBA (super) featherweight champion[edit]

Frampton vs. Santa Cruz[edit]

Frampton moved up a weight class to fight undefeated Mexican Léo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 22 KO's) for the WBA (Super) Featherweight title at the Barclays Centre in New York City on 30 July 2016.[30] In a potential fight of the year candidate, Frampton became the first two division world champion in the history of Northern Ireland as he dethroned Santa Cruz via a 12 round majority decision win before an crowd of 9,062. One judge scored it a 114-114 draw but the others made Frampton the winner, 116-112 and 117-111. Frampton had a higher accuracy rate, despite both fighters landing equal amount of punches. According to CompuBox stats, Frampton landed 242 of 668 punches (36 percent), whilst Santa Cruz connected on 255 of 1,002 blows (25 percent). In the post fight, Frampton said he wanted to defend the title in his home city and did not want to rule out a rematch. Frampton vowed to break records and become the first Irishman to win world titles at three different weights.[31][32][33]


Coming from Belfast, a city known for its troubled history, Frampton wants to be remembered like Barry McGuigan, his manager, who was seen as a symbol of peace during his fighting days. Despite being from the Republic, it was Northern Ireland where McGuigan's fights had most significance, unifying the people there despite the religious and political differences that existed between them.[34]

"This kid could end up being the best Irish fighter who ever lived"

- Barry McGuigan, speaking after Martinez II.[35]

"I want to be a legend," Frampton said in 2015. "Honestly, that's what I want to be, a legend in Irish sport. I think it's coming up to 30 years since Barry won his world title in Loftus Road against Pedroza and people are still talking about it. I want to be like that 30 years from now – people are talking about my fights with guys like Chris Avalos and Kiko Martinez in the pubs all over Ireland. That's what I intend to do. I want to create a legacy. I want to keep beating big names. I want to get big fights, bring them back to Belfast as much as possible, and keep winning."[36] Speaking to the BBC, McGuigan said "Carl is doing what I did. He's a beacon for peace and reconciliation and represents the future of Northern Ireland."[37] In 2014 he claimed Frampton "could end up as the best Irish fighter there has ever been. He can go to featherweight and super-featherweight. I don't know who the greatest Irish fighter is but if he gets the right fights he can really go as far as he wants to go."[38] As a fighter, McGuigan was known for wearing a Dove on his shorts, as a representation of peace. He also had no national anthem played at his fights, he took up dual Irish-British citizenship which allowed him to fight for British Domestic titles, and he married a Protestant woman, all of which had huge significance at the time.[39] It is hard to not draw comparisons, with Frampton following down an almost identical path. He too has even married a Catholic woman despite being Protestant, and he too has a large following of die-hard fans from both Catholic and Protestant backgrounds, who attend his fights in their thousands.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
23 fights 23 wins 0 losses
By knockout 14 0
By decision 9 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
23 Win 23–0 Mexico Léo Santa Cruz MD 12 30 Jul 2016 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US Won WBA (Super) featherweight title
22 Win 22–0 United Kingdom Scott Quigg SD 12 27 Feb 2016 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Retained IBF super-bantamweight title;
Won WBA (Super) super-bantamweight title
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Alejandro González Jr. UD 12 18 Jul 2015 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, US Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States Chris Avalos TKO 5 (12), 1:33 28 Feb 2015 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
19 Win 19–0 Spain Kiko Martínez UD 12 6 Sep 2014 United Kingdom Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland Won IBF super-bantamweight title
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Hugo Cázares KO 2 (12), 1:38 4 Apr 2014 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
17 Win 17–0 France Jeremy Parodi KO 6 (12), 2:59 19 Oct 2013 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained European and IBF Inter-Continental super-bantamweight titles
16 Win 16–0 Spain Kiko Martínez TKO 9 (12), 2:46 9 Feb 2013 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Won European super-bantamweight title;
Retained IBF Inter-Continental super-bantamweight title
15 Win 15–0 Canada Steve Molitor TKO 6 (12), 2:21 22 Sep 2012 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental super-bantamweight titles
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Raúl Hirales Jr. UD 12 26 May 2012 United Kingdom Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental super-bantamweight title
13 Win 13–0 Ghana Prosper Ankrah KO 2 (12), 2:45 27 Mar 2012 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England Retained Commonwealth super-bantamweight title
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom Kris Hughes TKO 7 (12), 0:48 28 Jan 2012 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained Commonwealth super-bantamweight title
11 Win 11–0 Australia Mark Quon TKO 4 (12), 1:11 10 Sep 2011 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, England Won vacant Commonwealth super-bantamweight title
10 Win 10–0 United Kingdom Robbie Turley UD 10 4 Jun 2011 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales Retained British Celtic super-bantamweight title
9 Win 9–0 Venezuela Oscar Chacin TKO 4 (6), 2:20 5 Mar 2011 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Huddersfield, England
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Gavin Reid TKO 2 (10), 2:29 3 Dec 2010 United Kingdom Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland Won vacant British Celtic super-bantamweight title
7 Win 7–0 Ukraine Yuriy Voronin TKO 3 (8), 2:43 18 Sep 2010 United Kingdom Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Ian Bailey UD 6 11 Jun 2010 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
5 Win 5–0 Hungary Istvan Szabo TKO 1 (6), 0:48 5 Mar 2010 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Huddersfield, England
4 Win 4–0 France Yoan Boyeaux UD 4 12 Feb 2010 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
3 Win 3–0 Hungary Ignac Kassai TKO 3 (4), 1:26 6 Nov 2009 United Kingdom Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
2 Win 2–0 France Yannis Lakrout UD 4 4 Sep 2009 United Kingdom Eston Sports Academy, Teesville, England
1 Win 1–0 Hungary Sandor Szinavel TKO 2 (4), 2:03 12 Jun 2009 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, England Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
New title British Celtic super-bantamweight champion
3 December 2010 – September 2011
Title next held by
Robbie Turley
Title last held by
Jason Booth
Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion
10 September 2011 – 2013
Title next held by
Kid Galahad
Title last held by
Heriberto Ruiz
IBF Inter-Continental super-bantamweight champion
26 May 2012 – 2014
Title next held by
Albert Pagara
Preceded by
Kiko Martínez
European super-bantamweight champion
9 February 2013 – 2014
Title next held by
Kid Galahad
World titles
Preceded by
Kiko Martínez
IBF super-bantamweight champion
6 September 2014 – 28 April 2016
Title next held by
Jonathan Guzmán
Title last held by
Guillermo Rigondeaux
as champion in recess
WBA super-bantamweight champion
Super title

27 February 2016 – 7 April 2016
Title next held by
Guillermo Rigondeaux
reinstated as Super champion
Preceded by
Léo Santa Cruz
WBA featherweight champion
Super title

30 July 2016 – present


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