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Drink, girls and getting chased by the cops, how teenage tearaway Carl Frampton went on to conquer the world

By Jonny Bell

Boxer Carl Frampton has described how his youth was not all spent in the squared circle, but rather going toe-to-toe with the cops and sparring with the girls.

In a piece for Friday night's BBC One Show, the Jackal returned to his roots of Tiger's Bay in inner north Belfast.

He described how before the age of 18 he would spend his night's in nearby parks with friends before dedicating his life to boxing.

The 29-year-old said: "When I was about 16, 17 - that sort of age - they were the worst years.

"I was messing about and doing things that I shouldn't have been doing.

"A bit of drinking, chasing the girls, the cops used to come in every now and again and it was always good craic getting the chase of the cops.

"But I suppose as you grow up, and you realise you're good at something and you want to put everything into it.

"When I hit 18 that's when I started to wise up and get on the straight and narrow.

"I knew that you have one crack at this game and that's it and I wanted to have a go and a proper go."


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Since those early days Frampton has risen through the ranks of boxing to become a double world champion lifting both the IBF and WBA super-bantamweight titles under the guidance of former champion Barry McGuigan.

He has since relinquished both belts in favour of a step up in weight division to take on Mexican Leo Santa Cruz.

Should the Jackal triumph in New York, he would become the first Northern Ireland fighter to win World titles at two different weights - having become the first Irish boxer to unify World titles after he outpointed Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in February.

During his piece on the One Show, Frampton's father Craig said he was very proud of his son.

Carl said the Midland boxing club - where he began his quest to conquer the world - "meant everything to him".

"Without boxing, who knows where I would have ended up."

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