Carl Frampton is the former unified world super-bantamweight and world featherweight champion. With victories on his resume against elite level fighters such as Leo Santa Cruz, Kiko Martinez and Scott Quigg, he is widely regarded as pound-for-pound one of the best fighters in the business and is the current Ring Magazine, Boxing Writers of America and ESPN Fighter of the Year.
Frampton, a Belfast native, began his professional career in 2009 and due to his fan friendly style, he had already built a loyal fan following by the time he picked up the Commonwealth super-bantamweight title in only his eleventh outing in 2011.
Three successful defenses and steady progression to world level followed, but it was his TKO victory over the hard-hitting and previously unstopped Kiko Martinez in 2013 which announced Frampton as one of the hottest prospects in world boxing. The electric atmosphere inside the Odyssey Arena that night was a sign of things to come over the next four years.
Frampton was eventually handed his shot at a world title in September 2014 and was once again faced with the prospect of a bout against the Spaniard Martinez. On a memorable night at Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, Frampton barely took a wrong step and eased to a comfortable points victory in front of a raucous crowd. This success was quickly followed by wins against Chris Avalos and Gonzalez Jr. before Frampton agreed to meet another undefeated British world champion in Scott Quigg. Travelling to Quigg’s hometown of Manchester, Frampton proved to be the classier operator and a clear points victory added the WBA super-bantamweight crown to his own IBF belt.
Having proven himself within the 122-pound weight class, Frampton moved up to featherweight in 2016 and embarked on two epic encounters with Mexican superstar Leo Santa Cruz that led to him becoming Northern Ireland’s first ever two-weight world champion. Now signed with promoter Frank Warren and positioned as a leading light of BT Sports new boxing coverage, Frampton is well positioned for a huge 2018. A stacked featherweight division holds the possibility of a decider with Santa Cruz or a domestic showdown with either Lee Selby or Josh Warrington. Any of which would help cement Frampton’s legacy as one of the best fighters the U.K. has ever produced.