Sports and celebrities watch Carl Frampton fight ringside

Suzanne McGonagle
01 August, 2016 01:00

CHRISTINE and Frank Lampard, Colin Murray and Rory McIlroy were among those ringside to watch Carl Frampton's boxing fairytale in New York.

The stars were out in force at the Brooklyn boxing venue to watch the Tiger's Bay fighter take on Mexican Leo Santa Cruz.

Among those watching were Co Down-born television presenter Christine Lampard and footballer husband Frank, fresh from scoring a hat trick for New York City FC.

Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill also made the trip to Brooklyn to watch the fight as well as several of the world's leading golfers.

Holywood's Rory McIlroy, Masters champion Danny Willet and Darren Clarke were among those cheering on the north Belfast boxer.

Following the win, Frampton celebrated his victory with his wife Christine and two children, Carla and Rossa backstage and was joined by his celebrity friends in the changing rooms.

McIlroy was able to watch the fight after missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

McIlroy congratulated 'The Jackal' on winning world titles in two weight classes, but said it had been a nerve-wrecking fight to watch.

"I've never been as nervous before at a sporting event," he told the BBC.

"Whether it be the Ryder Cup for myself or watching Northern Ireland, when you are there I don't think there is any better show in sport than a boxing fight especially when two great fighters are going toe to toe like that.

"Nervousness, anxiety, there was a lot going on, I'm just glad he got the win in the end."

Belfast-born radio host Colin Murray was also in the crowd and later celebrated with Frampton backstage.

Murray, who was wearing a Northern Ireland football shirt to the fight, later tweeted a picture of himself holding Frampton's newly acquired belt and wrote: "There was 1985. Now there's 2016".

01 August, 2016 01:00 News