Carl Frampton honoured on 'The Ring' magazine cover
Carl Frampton has been given one of boxing's biggest honours with a special appearance on the cover of The Ring magazine.
The 94-year-old publication, currently owned by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Enterprises, is regarded as 'The Bible Of Boxing' and The Jackal features on the front of the UK December issue.
Following his successive victories over two undefeated World champions in Scott Quigg and Leo Santa Cruz, the Tigers Bay fighter has landed a cherished spot in The Ring's pound-for-pound top 10.
It's an extraordinary honour for Frampton considering one of his first ever mentions in the magazine came in its 'Next Generation' column as recently as four years ago.
The world famous publication refers to Frampton as a 'major player' in the boxing world under the headline 'Year of the Jackal'.
The 29-year-old has followed in illustrious footsteps as some of the fighters featured on the magazine's cover have included Jack Dempsey, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather Junior, Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya.
Frampton could land 'Fighter Of The Year' - the greatest annual honour in boxing - and Santa Cruz says the man who relieved him of his WBA World featherweight title in New York deserves the accolade.
When asked whom he believed should win the prize, the Mexican-Californian warrior said: "Maybe Carl Frampton. He fought against Scott Quigg, he unified, then he beat me. He beat two undefeated fighters so I think he could be Fighter of the Year. He's a great fighter, a great talent, so he deserves it."
Frampton is happy to fight Santa Cruz again in December, possibly in Las Vegas.
In 1977, boxer Cathy 'Cat' Davis became the first female ever to be on a cover of The Ring, holding the distinction of being the only woman featured on the front until January this year.
Ronda Rousey added her name under that of Davis, and also became the first Mixed Martial Arts fighter featured on the magazine's cover.