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Watch: Carl Frampton stars in a new country music video ahead of Windsor Park fight night

By Gareth Hanna

Boxing champ Carl Frampton has been known to try his hand at a spot of karaoke but he's gone one further and managed to work his way into a country music video.

Ahead of his major fight night at Windsor Park on August 18, the interim WBO World featherweight champion made time to get involved in the video shoot for Downpatrick singer Triona's new single Won't Go Down.

In the video, Triona takes on a role as an aspiring young boxer, struggling with her training and under pressure from a miserable boss at work. As she's training at the same gym as Carl, the helpful champ comes over to offer a word of encouragement and the young boxer's career kicks-off, inspired to tell her boss where to go before striding on into the limelight. Just right, too.

After the release, Triona was full of praise for her boxing mentor but she's not expecting either to make a career switch on the back of the crossover.

"Carl loves a good chant but I think we’ll let him stick to the boxing and I’ll stick to the singing," she told the Belfast Telegraph. "Carl is such a down to earth, cool guy and very professional to work with. It seemed like he really did enjoy the whole process of shooting the music video. It was such a fun project to work on."

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Carl Frampton has starred in a new music video with Downpatrick singer Triona.

Frampton revealed he has been a long-term admirer of the up-and-coming young star and jumped at the chance to get involved.

"She's a quality singer and she asked me to do it so I was happy to help out," Carl explained, speaking to BBC.

"I remember seeing her when she was a kid and she sang Zombie by the Cranberries. I thought she was an unreal singer. I've seen her a few times in Belfast and she did a few numbers at my 30th birthday as well."

The single Won't Go Down is available to stream or download on all major platforms. Triona even has some Belfast gigs planned within the next few months. Keep an eye on @TrionaMusic on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for updates.

It's not the first time the Downpatrick artist has made sporting headlines. She wrote the theme song for last year's UEFA Women's U19 Championships and made a pretty eye-catching video that time too.

Here it is if you don't remember (Warning: this one's an emotional rollercoaster):

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