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Carl Frampton: 'Proud day' as champion boxer receives MBE at Buckingham Palace

Frampton: "I was very very nervous. I am not usually that nervous"

By Claire Williamson

Carl Frampton has described receiving his MBE at Buckingham Palace as a "very proud day".

The world champion boxer was watched by his beaming mum Flo, dad Craig and Billy McKee, his amateur coach from his childhood days at Midland Boxing Club in Tiger's Bay as he received the honour from The Duke of Cambridge.

The unified IBF and WBA world super bantamweight champion was awarded an MBE for services to sport.

Frampton's wife Christine missed out on the special day as they didn't want to take daughter Carla out of school and she will also be looking after the couple's baby son Rossa.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph ahead of the ceremony, The Jackal said he was hoping to receive the honour from Prince Harry, because he's "a good lad".

However, his award was presented by Prince William, the Baron of Carrickfergus.

He said: "I was very very nervous. I am not usually that nervous.

"I like to think I am pretty cool in high-pressured situations, but I haven't felt nerves like that since my wedding day.

"I was worried about saying something wrong or stupid."

Frampton said he and the duke spoke about boxing.

"He was very, very nice. We talked about boxing - he knew I've been doing it for such a long time, and that I'd had a fight recently."

Frampton started boxing aged seven and it was Midland ABC mentor Billy McKee who spotted his potential.

"It's important to have him there," Frampton said. "He started the journey. My parents seem to be happy enough. They take everything in their stride, like me. I am sure they are proud."

The 29-year-old Belfast boxer recently returned victorious from Manchester after beating rival Scott Quigg to unify the IBF and WBA super-bantamweight division.

Frampton said: "It wouldn't have been as good coming here having lost - it wouldn't have felt like I'd earned it."

Quigg is managed by Eddie Hearn who was Frampton's promoter along with Barry McGuigan before an acrimonious split in 2013.

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