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Carl Frampton named ESPN fighter of the year

Carl Frampton has been named ESPN's fighter of the year.

The Belfast ace won the US-based global broadcaster's award after a year which saw him defeat the previously unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz to win the WBA World featherweight title.

That meant the 29-year-old became the first Northern Ireland fighter to win World titles at two weights.

Frampton's contest with Santa Cruz was rated as a classic fight and the duo will have a rematch in Las Vegas next month.

Prior to his New York victory over Santa Cruz, Frampton defeated England's Scott Quigg on points in their World super-bantamweight title unification bout in Manchester.

ESPN senior writer Dan Rafael said: "No other fighter in 2016 scored such an impressive combination of victories in high-profile bouts against elite opponents - in multiple divisions on the road - with one of them a contender for fight of the year".

Frampton described the ESPN award as "a huge honour and very humbling".

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