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Holmes crowd make it a very special night for The Jackal

BY CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

A sold-out Odyssey arena cheered Belfast boxer Carl Frampton to victory at the weekend.

And among the 9,000 strong crowd were some famous faces watching Frampton (26), as the former world champ Barry McGuigan's protege defeated France's Jeremy Parodi.

And some of the familiar faces in the crowd to witness Frampton edge closer to winning a world title included Eamonn Holmes and Jackie Fullerton.

North Belfast-born Holmes told the Belfast Telegraph if McGuigan, through his Cyclone Promotions, could host these sort of nights in Belfast every three or four months, he would be co-ordinating his weekends home with the fight bill in the Odyssey.

"There was an amazing array of songs to get everybody pumping and the atmosphere was really pumped up before Carl came on," he said. "No doubt they weren't contemplating defeat and neither was he by the look of him – his concentration was immense."

Another fan who was in the Odyssey was Ireland and Ulster Rugby star Stephen Ferris. He tweeted: "On route to see @RealCFrampton do some damage. Let's be having another great result for Northern Irish sport. #jackal #SUFTUM". After the match he tweeted a photo of Frampton and wrote: "Champ. Legend."

Famous sporting faces from Northern Ireland and further afield took to Twitter on Saturday both ahead of the fight and afterwards to wish Frampton, who is also known as The Jackal, luck.

Former England cricketer and occasional boxer Freddie Flintoff tweeted: "I'm sure it'll be another Night Of The Jackal!"

Ex-world champion boxer Wayne McCullough was another who took to Twitter to congratulate Frampton.

Also showing his support was Olympic medal winning Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes, he posted: "@RealCFrampton is the man! Enough said!"

Former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne tweeted: "Amazing performance by @RealCFrampton .. Absolute legend well done."

Frampton received a good luck wish from Oscar Knox, the boy who has touched the hearts of thousands with his fight against a rare and aggressive cancer.

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