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Carl Frampton proud to join greats and be named Ring's Fighter of Year

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton will head into his rematch with Leo Santa Cruz on January 28 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas widely regarded as the 2016 World fighter of the year.

The acclaimed trade magazine, Ring, are the latest to make the Jackal their top boxer for the past 12 months on the back of his World super-bantamweight title unification victory over Scott Quigg followed up by his defeat of Santa Cruz in New York last summer.

Only the truly great fighters throughout history have featured as the Ring Fighter of the Year and now Frampton has joined such illustrious names as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson.

Frampton, who becomes the first Northern Ireland boxer to receive the accolade, tweeted: "Thank you Ring magazine for naming me fighter of the year. This is a very proud moment for me."

Frampton added: "I had an amazing year last year. I unified at 122 and moved up and fought a great fighter at featherweight in Leo Santa Cruz. The year went pretty much to plan."

Ring magazine noted: "Two fights against two elite, previously unbeaten opponents in hostile territory, two victories. No other fighter had that kind of year. That's why Frampton edged fellow candidates Terence Crawford, Roman Gonzalez, Vasyl Lomachenko and Manny Pacquiao for Fighter of the Year honours."

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