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World champion Carl Frampton regrets angry pre-fight weigh in with Kiko Martinez

By Paul Connolly

Carl Frampton says he regrets the angry scenes with Kiko Martinez at the pre-fight weigh-in.

Speaking after his victory, The Jackal said he was sorry for his role in the jostling that turned the weigh-in into a bad-tempered affair.

Frampton said on the BoxNation television channel that things had got overheated and he regretted it.

Hundreds of fans bayed when Martinez pushed Frampton during weigh-in at the Ulster Hall on Friday. But Martinez was reacting to an aggressive lunge from Frampton.

Frampton also paid tribute to the defeated Spaniard, saying he was a toughest opponent he has ever faced and paid tribute to his personality.

"I've never respected a fighter as much in my life,” he said What a fighter and what a worthy world champion."

Then he said he wanted to fight Scott Quigg next. Undefeated Quigg is current WBA Super Bantamweight champion and fights out of Eddie Hearns Matchroom Sport Promotions.

Frampton said: “I’ll fight who I have to fight. Quigg’s the man but what Eddie Hearn needs to remember is, I’m the one with the legitimate belt.

“I’m the one who brings the fans, that’s it, I want the fight. I’ll fight him in Manchester.”

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