Champion Carl Frampton going to be a father again
It's round two for Carl Frampton as the world boxing title hopeful prepares to become a father again.
The north Belfast man could hardly contain his excitement last night as he confessed he had been "busting" to tell everyone his good news.
He told the Belfast Telegraph that his wife is 12 weeks pregnant with the couple's second child.
Christine is due to give birth in September – not long after Carl is expected to take to the boxing ring for his first world title fight this summer.
Earlier this month, Carl crushed the threat of Hugo Cazares inside two rounds of their WBC super-bantamweight title final eliminator at the Odyssey Arena.
Carl proudly tweeted a picture of a scan showing the imminent new arrival, a little brother or sister for his three-year-old-daughter Carla.
Next to the photo, a clearly delighted Carl wrote: "He shoots... he scores! Baby Frampton numero 2."
His tweet got a massive response last night as friends and fans rushed to congratulate him and Christine.
"It was planned so I have known for a while, but we had to wait for 12 weeks before we could tell everyone," he said.
"I have been busting to tell people too.
"My phone hasn't stopped ringing since I put that tweet out."
While some parents like to keep the sex of their baby a surprise, Carl said that he and Christine can't wait to find out whether a little boy or a girl will be joining their family.
"Carla was a really good baby, it was exactly from six weeks that she was sleeping 12 hours through the night," he said.
"So everyone has been saying this one won't be as good.
"We are really excited about it.
"The baby is due in the middle of September so it would be nice to get the fight in July. That would be perfect so we could get a bit of a break for the new arrival."
Last October the 27-year-old hero from Tigers Bay swapped the boxing ring for a wedding ring when he married his childhood sweetheart Christine at The Old Inn in Crawfordsburn. The couple, now live in Hilden, Lisburn.
Christine was still a student when Carl plucked up the courage to ask her out by text, a full year after they met at Kelly's nightclub in Portrush in 2006. They have been together ever since.
Carl has already won European and Commonwealth super-bantamweight titles, but is keen to add a world title to the prestigious collection. His manager Barry McGuigan is believed to be trying to organise an outdoor venue for the world title fight, possibly at Ravenhill this summer.
WBC World super-bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz has already said that he will come to Belfast to face Carl.
But Santa Cruz is looked after by the powerful boxing organisation Golden Boy, who stage many big fights in the States and Santa Cruz would prefer the fight in America.
"I don't care where the world title happens, because I know that I can beat Santa Cruz whether the fight is in Belfast or America," said Carl.