Carl Frampton: It must be glove for Belfast boxing champ
He's used to fighting for titles in the boxing ring, but next weekend Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton will be changing his life with a wedding ring as he says “I do” to his knockout new wife.
The Tigers Bay boy will wed his stunning fiancee Christine Dorrian, who hails from Poleglass, next Sunday in a lavish ceremony at The Old Inn in Crawfordsburn.
The nuptials are bound to be a who’s who of boxing royalty — and in Carl’s corner to calm his pre-wedding nerves will be best mate and Olympic boxing hero, Paddy Barnes.
And while Barry McGuigan’s 26-year-old protege was fully focused on Saturday's sold-out clash against Frenchman Jeremy Parodi at The Odyssey, Frampton admitted he was thinking about keeping his face in one piece for the wedding pictures.
Speaking before last Saturday's big fight, European champion Frampton said: “I don’t want any cuts or anything to spoil the wedding photos — I'm confident that I’ll do a good job.
“Then I’ll be able to go off on my stag — I wanted to go to the beer festival in Munich but it’s too close to the wedding so I’ll be staying at home. I’ve got paintballing booked.”
Unlike most grooms, Carl revealed that he has overseen every aspect of his and Christine’s big day.
“Christine calls me ‘Groomzilla’ because I have been so involved, wanting everything to be sorted,” he said.
The couple first met at Kelly’s nightclub in Portrush, but Christine revealed it took Carl a year to ask her out because he was so shy.
Now living in Lisburn, the happy pair have a daughter, Carla, together.
In the past, Carl has paid heartfelt tribute to his other half for her support throughout his career.
“When I go away I do feel that I’m being selfish, leaving the two of them behind and even the week of the fight when I’m back in Belfast I stay in a hotel to stay focused on the fight.
“So I really admire the fact that Christine is prepared to stay alone and to put her own career on hold,” he said.
Christine, who is a criminology graduate, said: “For some relationships I’m sure that there would be resentment because you’re the one left here looking after everything but I know that he’s doing it for us.”
Mrs Frampton-to-be was there supporting her man on Saturday, but she said she doesn’t find it easy to watch him fight.
“It used to be that I was good at watching Carl fight but it has got harder and harder and the last time in the Odyssey I just sat and held onto the chair and cried through the whole fight,” she said.
“It’s tougher now because it’s his career — so much depends on him because we have bills to pay and we have Carla — it’s a real pressure now.
“I have confidence in him but I just don’t want to see him get hurt.”
Saturday's Odyssey fight was also attended by TV star Eamonn Holmes.
Eamonn tweeted to pledge his support to the “special fighter”.