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I was as nervous as the day I wed, says Carl after receiving MBE

By Jemma Crew

Getting an MBE from the Duke of Cambridge was as nerve-racking as getting married, Carl Frampton has said.

The unified world super bantamweight champion was presented with the award for services to boxing during a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

And despite his confidence in the ring, he admitted receiving the gong from Prince William had made him anxious.

He said: "I was very, very nervous. I am not usually that nervous. I like to think that I'm 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."

Asked how his wife Christine would react, the Jackal added: "She might laugh - I hope she laughs anyway and doesn't take it the wrong way."

The 29-year-old was joined by his mother Flo, father Craig, and amateur boxing coach Billy McKee at the ceremony.

Asked what he chatted about with the duke, he said: "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."

The fighter, who comes from Tigers Bay in Belfast, beat Scott Quigg on points at the Manchester Arena in February to add the WBA belt to his IBF super bantamweight title.

"It wouldn't have been as good coming here (to the ceremony) having lost - it wouldn't have felt like I'd earned it," the world champion said.

He also told how he wished his wife could have attended the ceremony, but she was staying back home in Belfast to look after their daughter, Carla - who they did not want to take out of school - and son Rossa.

Frampton made his professional debut in 2009 and is yet to be beaten in 22 fights, winning 14 of them by knock-out.

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