Carl “The Jackal” Frampton has proven himself as one of the world’s leading professional boxers. On turning pro in 2009 he quickly climbed the ranks, winning both the IBF and WBA Super-Bantamweight belts, before going on to win the WBA Featherweight Championship, beating Leo Santa Cruz in New York. In doing so he made history by becoming the first Northern Irish fighter to win a world title in two weight divisions. He is regarded as one of the most exciting boxers to watch in the ring, an aggressive fighter with destructive punching power, intelligence and speed.
Carl’s grounded personality, entertaining style and humour have garnered an intensely loyal and vocal following amongst the boxing community, and his status as a mainstream star has strengthened across the globe.
Carl’s popularity stems not only from his success in the ring but also the strength of his community and family values. Originally from the staunchly loyalist area of Tigers Bay in North Belfast, Carl grew up at the back end of the troubles in Northern and has spoken frequently about the positive influence boxing has had on his life. Having first started at the age of 9, the sport exposed him to a strong mentor in the form of his coach, friends from across the community divide, and a drive and determination that allowed him to avoid some of the poorer choices on offer at that time.
Carl is now a prominent supporter of local charities and amongst others supports the Northern Ireland Hospice and is a patron for Northern Ireland Integrated Education, campaigning for children from different religions to be educated together rather than in separate schools. As a Protestant married to a Catholic and with two young children he is determined to be a role model for the future of Northern Ireland and to ensure that the next generation grow up without the ingrained community prejudices of the past.
He is also passionate about promoting opportunity for young people, developing the social skills and career prospects of young people through sport. He can speak from the heart on the importance of making the right decisions, seeking the support of mentors and being single minded in the pursuit of your goals. In the 2016 New Year Honours Carl was awarded an MBE for services to boxing and the community.