Watch: Carl Frampton beats Gold Cup winner Paddy Brennan as boxer becomes a jockey for a day
Carl Frampton is undertaking some alternative training ahead of his Windsor Park fight night on August 18.
The interim WBO World featherweight champion will take on Luke Jackson later this month and, on his days off from the gym, has been getting up to all-sorts, from starring in country music videos to learning how to be a jockey.
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Now he's spent a day with 2010 Gold Cup winning jockey Paddy Brennan at Fergal O'Brien's training yard.
The adventure will have been tested ahead of his big fight as he got close to some of the stable’s star horses, including beating his illustrious opponent in a Donkey Derby to round off the day.
Frampton said: “It was a brilliant day at Fergal O’Brien’s with Paddy. I’d never been that close to racehorses before and they’re stunning animals. I’d been to the races before but watching Paddy fly past us on the gallops was a completely different way to see it. It was good to get on too, I look more like a jockey than Paddy.
“It was also good to have a go on the equicizer and it was a tough workout, especially as I was already sore from a session the day before. I also want to say a big thank you to Harry, my donkey, for helping me to beat Paddy in the race. He wouldn’t run straight, but at least he was quick!”
Brennan added: “Carl was a natural in the saddle and hopefully we’ve helped him get ready for his big fight.
"If he shows as much bravery in the ring as he did when getting legged up onto Winter Lion then I’m sure he’ll be fine.”
Frampton could set-up an all-British mega-fight with fellow 32Red ambassador and IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington, should he defeat Australian Jackson at Windsor Park.
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