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James Nesbitt felt he'd done 12 rounds with Carl Frampton after boozy night

By Claire Williamson

Actor James Nesbitt has spoken about that rather inebriated ringside interview at Carl Frampton's fight with Scott Quigg - revealing that he felt the effects the next day.

The Cold Feet star spoke to Sky Sports alongside champion jockey AP McCoy on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena.

Nesbitt, dressed in a vintage Northern Ireland football shirt, was a little incoherent when giving his reply to why he was happy to be at the fight.

He said: "I'm here with a lot of people and they're saying: 'You can't wear a football shirt'.

"But, I thought, I might be on... Carl's from Northern Ireland and he's doing a lot for Northern Ireland, Carl Frampton."

Soon afterwards he was trending on Twitter with dozens of memes being created and many people making jokes and posting pictures at his expense.

On Wednesday night he broke his silence and showed he was taking the responses on the chin as he recorded a clip for BBC NI's Stephen Nolan show where Frampton and his manager Barry McGuigan were guests.

He said: "Greetings, Carl, from a very hot and sticky but very beautiful botanic gardens here in Singapore where I'm doing a bit of work.

"Also, it was the furthest place I could get away to after Saturday night.

"What a performance... and, indeed, you weren't bad either.

Cracking insight from ringside there... #FramptonQuigghttps://t.co/K5kxO6N5M1

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) 27 February 2016

"I wanted to congratulate you but I was unable to speak to you. To be fair, I was unable to speak, a little bit too much hospitality beforehand." Nesbitt also posted on social media through the Nolan Show, saying the next day he felt like he'd been in the ring with Frampton himself.

He posted: "However, we are incredibly proud of you and, indeed, on Sunday morning I felt like I too had been through 12 gruelling rounds with the world champion, Northern Ireland's very own Carl Frampton.

"Everyone is so proud - well done."

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