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Video: Frampton fans rework Windsor favourite for Belfast bout

By Jonathan Bell

Carl Frampton fans are hoping to see the Jackal make history in Belfast next week - and hoping it's to the tune of a Green and White Army terrace favourite.

Frampton faces Aussie Luke Jackson in a dream fight for the Tigers Bay boxer at Windsor Park. A venue he often can be seen in the stands watching his beloved Northern Ireland.

And fans Gordon Stratton and Jackson Freeman have reworked the football supporters' favourite, the Neil Diamond classic Sweet Caroline, into something for the boxing crowd to help Frampton to victory.

Recently the pair became internet sensations with their Irish Cup song 'Have you ever seen Coleraine?' which went viral back in May.

"Both Jackson and I are avid boxing fans and I competed at amateur level as a youth," said Gordon.

"After Frampton's last fight against Nonito Donaire, Jackson had an idea for a Frampton song and I got working and changed the words to Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline song. I thought this was a perfect choice with the similarities with Caroline/Carl and it being a Northern Ireland Green and White Army's favourite anthem.

"As our singing talents wouldn't be up their with the greats as pointed out previously by Cliftonville fans (and some Coleraine fans) on our previous effort we thought to contact my good friend Gary Anderson front man for a local band Cellar Door for his expertise on the matter.

"We sent the lyrics through and with alot of chopping and changing the song was born."

The lads have even produced their own professional video to accompany the tune filmed in the Scorpion Boxing Club in Ballymoney, where Carl had his first amateur fight aged just 10. Although it had to be hastily re-worked after Gordon snapped his Achilles heal days before the shoot.

Since posting the video online thousands have watched the video.

"The story behind the video is meant to represent three kids - one of them Carl and the other two me and Jackson - and them setting off for boxing stardom. We didn't make it to the top.

"We joined Gary and Cellar Door lead guitarist Brian Millican in the ring to shoot the band scenes and to add a touch of comedy value.

"We would like to thank everyone involved especially the Cellar Door band, my old boxing coach Alan 'Spike' Martin for helping with the boxing club and Chris at Chrissy Thompson Videos for their help and wish Carl success for Saturday night.  And hope the song builds hype on fight week."

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