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Cool Carl: Boxing champ voted Britain's Coolest Man in Zoo magazine

By Joanne Sweeney

Carl Frampton may be Britain's Coolest Man - but not in his wife's mind.

The world champ is officially cooler than Ed Sheeran, Prince Harry and David Beckham (below right), having been voted number one by Zoo magazine readers in its Britain's Coolest Man 2015 poll.

He also finished ahead of champion jockey AP McCoy from Moneyglass, Co Antrim, who was placed in seventh place as a new entry.

Ballymena-born Hollywood action star Liam Neeson was also a new entry, coming in at number 19.

However, despite being the toast of the UK lads' weekly, Carl told the Belfast Telegraph that his wife Christine wasn't buying into the hype.

"She doesn't even think I'm the coolest man in the street, let alone Britain," quipped the IBF super-bantamweight world champion from Belfast.

"She thinks it's a bit of a joke and funny to be honest; I think she even said that I only won it because the others in the list wouldn't go and collect the award.

"There's some really big names on the top 20 list but I just think it's just really funny that I won.

"It's unbelievable to beat the likes of David Beckham, Tom Hardy and Prince Harry.

"I've actually seen Beckham a couple of times near my gym, so next time I bump into him, I'll show off my award!," added the 28-year-old.

Carl said that Christine and his family would be quick to put him in his place should he ever let such accolades go to his head.

He added: "I haven't changed one bit and I think that's one of the things that people like about me. I'm a working class guy who can fight a bit and who's done well for himself."

The father-of-two credits his popularity with readers of a magazine that concentrates on "girls, games, gadgets, sports" down to defending his title against American Chris Avalos on terrestrial television in February.

"I was speaking to the magazine's editors and they told me it was the biggest entry they had so far, so I put it down to my last fight being shown on terrestrial TV again," said Carl.

"Boxing has been hidden away on Sky and satellite TV for so long, so to be back on terrestrial is great. I want to bring boxing back to the masses."

Carl believes that his profile is set to grow even bigger with an imminent major announcement about the defence of his world title.

He recently turned down a £1.5m offer to fight WBA world super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg as their promoters differed on whether terrestrial TV or Sky should broadcast it.

Zoo’s top 20 for 2015

1. Carl Frampton (new)

2. Tom Hardy (up 9)

3. Ed Sheeran (new)

4. HRH Prince Harry (=)

5. Jack O'Connell (new)

6. Billy Vunipola (new)

7. AP McCoy (new)

8. Sam Burgess (new)

9. Keith Lemon (Up 10)

10. Benedict Cumberbatch (down 5)

11. Noel Gallagher (up 4)

12. James Bay (new)

13. David Beckham (down 1)

14. Jason Statham (=)

15. Lewis Hamilton (new)

16. Calvin Harris (new)

17. Idris Elba (down 15)

18. David Haye (=)

19. Liam Neeson (new)

20. Wealdstone Raider (new)

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