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David Haye: Carl Frampton is fighting his way to greatness

By David Kelly

Former World heavyweight champion David Haye says Carl Frampton is going to be remembered as one of the greats.

Frampton upset the odds and produced a boxing masterclass to take the WBA World featherweight title from Leo Santa Cruz in Brooklyn's Barclays Centre and Haye was at ringside to witness the Jackal becoming the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world titles at two different weights.

Haye, who along with Frampton is trained by Shane McGuigan, was left in awe at the performance the 29-year-old Belfast man brought to the ring in a fight that lived up to all expectations.

"It was amazing, going up a division and fighting a three weight world champion. He was really up against it, he had to rise to the occasion and did that in fantastic style," said Haye.

"He didn't just box, he stood toe to toe and he won in my opinion a very clear victory. I'm so proud of him because he's really fulfilling his potential.

"He was the underdog coming into the fight but he turned it on its head and he's going to go down as an all time great."

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Haye, who is aiming to reclaim the World heavyweight title under coach McGuigan's guidance, believes Frampton is the complete ring operator.

"The skill set he has in the ring, he can do anything he wants. He can stand and fight, he's a master boxer. He can do anything. He was fighting a guy who was so tough and with such a high workrate. This guy on paper should beat Carl Frampton but he wasn't having any of it."

Charismatic Haye was also quick to point to the role played by McGuigan who honed the Belfast man for the performance of his career, physically and tactically.

"Shane McGuigan had a gameplan and Carl executed it to perfection. He entertained every single person in the Barclays Arena.

"As a trainer he's a young guy, he's getting the results.

"Getting a guy to win world titles at two different weights shows me that he is the best young trainer on the planet. He's young and hungry and he wants to learn.

"Every day in the gym we work on things... a lot of the older coaches are very set in their ways, 'oh this is how it's been done for 50 years', he's not like that. He's very scientific, he doesn't just turn up and do mitts, he really is a tremendous head coach."

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Meanwhile, top Belfast coach John Breen also added his praise to the Jackal's stunning victory.

Breen, who has coached numerous World, European and British champions, believes Frampton has moved to another level.

"I thought that was a brilliant performance from Carl. He fought the perfect fight," said Breen.

"I believed he would win as long as he stuck to his boxing and that's what happened," he added.

"Santa Cruz is a very good fighter and it was a great fight but Frampton is the better boxer and he did a great job.

"Shane McGuigan had the tactics spot on and Carl did the business."

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