Former world champion Barry McGuigan has revealed his delight at the recent honour bestowed on super bantamweight star Carl Frampton in the Queen’s 2016 list.
Frampton, 28, was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty last week for his services to the sport ahead of a massive unification with WBA champion Scott Quigg this year.
McGuigan played an integral part in pitting his charge Frampton against Quigg on February 27 in Manchester for both title belts and says ‘The Jackal’ was a worthy choice as the only current boxer announced.
“I’m delighted for Carl, his family and the community of Tiger’s Bay. The honour is thoroughly deserved after Carl years and success in boxing,” McGuigan exclusively told World Boxing News.
Since turning professional six and a half years ago, Frampton has put together an impressive 21-0 record, including three world title fights having held his championship since September 2014.
The Belfast man recently crossed over to impress American audiences on Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champion’s against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr and is tipped to cross the Atlantic again in the near future.
Victory over Quigg next month would raise Frampton’s profile even further around the world, a triumph that would see only formidable Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux ahead in the 122 pound pecking order.