Carl Frampton was left devastated last night as his dream of becoming a three-weight world champion was ended with a stunning sixth round stoppage at the hands of WBO world super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Caesars Palace, Dubai.
From the moment he walked into the Midland club in Tigers Bay as a seven-year-old, coach and mentor Billy McKee said that he knew there was something special about Carl Frampton, and his protégé gave fight fans a rollercoaster ride they will never forget.
Linfield have stepped up their efforts to keep inspirational centre-half Jimmy Callacher at the club as the south Belfast side face the prospect of losing three senior defenders at the end of the season.
Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter punched the air with delight after his team banked three crucial points against Ballymena United - then took a swipe at football officials for playing the game on a Friday night!
Cliftonville boss Paddy McLaughlin says Michael McCrudden got his just rewards for being a model professional after the striker hit a hat-trick in yesterday's thumping win over Warrenpoint Town at Milltown.
Carl Frampton struggled to hold back the tears as he called time on his illustrious career after being stopped in the sixth round by WBO world super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Dubai last night.
Size often matters in boxing but coach Jamie Moore is convinced that Carl Frampton will be the one holding all the aces in that department and not 5ft 10' Jamel Herring.
Matthew Tipton wants to have fun in the sun, with the Portadown manager believing that a switch to a summer season would appeal to more than just football fans and boost attendances in the Irish League.
Tyrone McKenna accepts that many will regard him as the underdog going into his fight with Zhankosh Turarov in Dubai this Saturday night and insists that will make victory all the more enjoyable.
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