Carl Frampton is lauded as a true inspiration for all
Carl Frampton has laid out the blueprint to professional boxing success for every young fighter, according to John Williamson, the chairman of the Northern Ireland Area council for the British Boxing Board of Control.
Enniskillen businessman Williamson was at ringside in Brooklyn's Barclays Centre in the early hours of Sunday morning as the representative of the BBBC, working alongside the New York State Athletic Commission on the night Frampton made history by becoming a two-weight World champion with his victory over Leo Santa Cruz.
The newly-crowned WBA World featherweight champion, now enjoying a holiday in the Big Apple with his family, captured the imagination of the New Yorkers with his performance while his fans also made their mark, according to Williamson.
"Carl is a credit to his country and so were the fans. There was about 15,000 in the arena and they loved it and the Northern Ireland fans made themselves vocal and behaved themselves impeccably," said Williamson.
"We went to Annie Moore's bar near Central Station and Carl had a photo taken with every one of the 300 in there, he never refused anyone a photo. He must have stood there for four hours signing autographs and having photos taken.
"As far as Northern Ireland boxing goes, you couldn't top it. Some thought it was a big risk coming to New York to fight Santa Cruz and Carl gave a brilliant performance. Everyone will want to follow in his footsteps, the way his career has panned out it couldn't have been done any better and the whole McGuigan family deserve credit for that.
"Carl has given the blueprint for success as a pro and those wanting to turn pro will be inspired by what he has done and they can learn from him.
"The performance goes down with the great British wins on the road, like Lloyd Honeyghan's stoppage of Don Curry, John H Stracey beating Jose Napoles and Wayne McCullough's win over Yasuei Yakushiji in Japan when he won the World title.
"Carl had it all worked out before the first bell... when boxing away from home the cards are often stacked against you, but I must say the referee was excellent and the two judges who had it for Carl called it right in my opinion."