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Carl Frampton named Britain's Coolest Man 2015 by Zoo Magazine

By Claire Williamson

Carl Frampton has been named Britain's Coolest Man 2015 as voted for by Zoo Magazine.

The world champion super-bantamweight boxer topped the poll - knocking last year's winner Example off the coveted spot.

The Tiger's Bay man entered the top 20 as a new entry and soared straight to the top.

<< Check out our gallery to see who else made the top 20 >>

The 28-year-old beat actor Tom Hardy to take the top spot - and fended off names such as David Beckham, Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry.

Zoo Magazine said more people than ever voted for the annual award in association with Men United, Prostate Cancer Uk's movement for men.

In February Frampton made the first defence of the world crown he won by defeating Kiko Martinez last September and he did not disappoint his vocal home fans as he beat American Chris Avalos.

But Frampton wasn't the only man from Northern Ireland deemed cool enough to make the list as he was joined by retired champion jockey AP McCoy who took seventh place and Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson who was 19th.

Carl Frampton said: "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.

"It's unbelievable to beat the likes of David Beckham, Tom Hardy and Prince Harry. I've actually seen Beckham a couple of times near my gym so next time I bump into him, I'll show off my award!”

Actor Tom Hardy came second, while singer Ed Sheeran rounded off the top three. HRH Prince Harry (4) also held his regular place in the top 10.

There were new entries for Unbreakable actor Jack O'Connell (5), England rugby star Billy Vunipola (6), music artist James Bay (12) and viral sensation the Wealdstone Raider (20).

Further reading:

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