Carl Frampton 2016 Fighter of the Year – For scoring the two biggest wins of his young career, Ireland’s featherweight world champion Carl Frampton has been awarded the 2016 Fighter of the Year.
In February, Frampton faced WBA world super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg while defending his own IBF belt at that weight class. The match sold out the Manchester Arena and the rivalry between the two men deserves credit for heightening the attention the lower weight classes were getting in the UK. Frampton edged Quigg in a close fight to unify the belts at 122 pounds.
Frampton did not stay at 122 pounds, electing to vacate the titles and move up to the 126-pound featherweight class. He was granted a title shot against undefeated WBA world titlist Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in NYC. Though he entered the fight in his opponent’s home country as an underdog, Frampton turned the tables in every way. Frampton’s Irish roots saw him draw a huge partisan crowd in NYC and his in-ring savvy saw him control the fight against the respected Santa Cruz. In the end, Frampton walked out with a WBA world title in a second weight class and a second undefeated scalp on his belt.
It was a close second for Terence Crawford, who won the 2015 award here at TSS. Crawford went 3-0 this year and he scored the best win of his career in his PPV debut when he out-pointed highly regarded Viktor Postol, making it look easy. In April Crawford was involved in an incident at an auto body shop that saw him facing criminal charges. That black eye may have worked against Crawford in the final tally.
In the end, for beating two previously undefeated fighters both with over 30 career wins and adding two new world titles in two different weight classes for his trophy case, Belfast’s Carl Frampton is your TSS Fighter of the Year.
Carl Frampton 2016 Fighter of the Year
Fans of Frampton and the boxing world won;t have to wait long to see Frampton in another test, as he will be headlining the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz scheduled for January 28th. The fight is set to air on Showtime in the United States and is at the top of a card that features two other world title fights.
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