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Carl Frampton: I have 10 fights left in me - then I'm buying a caravan in Portrush

World champion boxer Carl Frampton has said he has around 10 fights left in him before he retires from boxing - and then he's buying a holiday caravan in Portrush.

The Belfast boxer recently returned victorious from Manchester after beating rival Scott Quigg to unify the IBF and WBA super-bantamweight division.

The Tiger's Bay man, in an interview with the BBC Stephen Nolan show from his home, told how being away from his family when he is training in England is tough and that he feels like he has missed out on a lot of things.

He said: "I have a young family. I feel I've missed a lot of stuff I shouldn't have.  I missed my son taking his first steps, I missed my daughter doing her nativity play, things like that. It sounds small but it's a big deal. I should be there to see that. I've missed a lot because of boxing.

"It's something we've (with wife Christine) talked about, I've told her when it's time for me to hang them up I'm happy to be a stay at home house husband, and this is not a joke."


Frampton said he aims to be retiring around the age of 33 - although he is not putting a definite date on it.

He said: "You see boxers who go on that little bit too long and you can see it's had an effect on them. I don't plan on doing this for much longer.

"I probably have maximum another 10 fights.

"Probably three and a half years. I'd like to be out by 33, I don't want to set a definite age limit on it. If I'm still feeling fit and faculties all in tact - but I wouldn't like to be doing it much more than 33."

When Frampton retires he and Christine have decided the focus will shift to her career.

He said: "She's a clever girl and she's a degree in criminology and criminal justice, she feels like it's almost wasted because she hasn't furthered any of that, she's just looked after our two kids because of what I'm doing. She's allowed me to go away and fight and take up my job.

"I'd like her to do whatever she wants after I pack it in."

Frampton said his wife "trumps him" academically but that he would "destroy her" in a pub quiz of general knowlege.


The Jackal also spoke passionately about his belief that integrated education is the future for Northern Ireland.

Frampton, who is from loyalist Tiger's Bay said without boxing he would not have had the opportunity to mix with other religions as a child.

He said: "Carla is five now and it was important for me to get her into an integrated school and mix with people from a very young age.

"I don't want her to grow up with any sort of bitterness, she wouldn't because I'm in a mixed marriage."

He added: "I think integrated education is a very important thing for the future of Northern Ireland."


The 29-year-old says he hopes his next fight will be Leo Santa Cruz - and he would like to bring the Mexican to Belfast.

"That's a fight that's very appealing to me it's the weight above me in feather weight - so I would have to move up.

"A dream was always to become a world champion I've reached that goal and unified the divison.

"Another dream is to be a two weight world champion - we set new goals all the time.

"I'm hoping I can bring him (Santa Cruz) here but I don't think he'll come."


The Belfast boxer is a proud ambassador for Northern Ireland and says when the day comes for him to retire he would never think of moving away.

He said: "I feel I'm always promoting Northern Ireland. I'm talking to taxi drivers, they should employ me. I'm promoting it to everyone - I love it here, I love the people.

"I'll maybe buy a nice holiday home abroad."

He added: "One of the first things I'll do when I retire is buy a caravan in Portrush.  It's my favourite part of the world, I love Portrush.

"We weren't a family that went on caravan holidays. But I've got friends who have and in the summer I love going to Portrush and staying in the caravan, it's great craic."


Beyond his boxing retirement Frampton sees himself opening a high-end gym and potentially going back into education and learning about strength, conditioning and nutrition. And maybe eventually as a coach training amateur boxers.

"I like the idea of training a kid, like Billy McKee did for me, a seven-year-old coming in the door and train them up to be an Irish champion."

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