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Carl Frampton retired as a "legend" says Katie Taylor ahead of Nastasha Jonas showdown

Natasha Jonas trains with coach Joe Gallagher in preparation for tomorrow night's fight with Katie Taylor. Picture: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
Andy Watters

KATIE Taylor says Carl Frampton has left boxing as “an absolute legend” after the Jackal called time on his days in the ring following defeat to Jamel Herring on April 4.

Frampton was bidding to become Ireland’s first three-weight world champion, something which Taylor, the undisputed women’s champion at lightweight and also WBO light-welterweight champion, could still achieve.

Taylor defends her lightweight belts against England’s Natasha Jonas tomorrow night at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of Dereck Chisora’s heavyweight clash with Andy Lee-trained Joseph Parker.

As she looked ahead to her fight with Jonas, Taylor had a special word of praise for Frampton.

“He had an incredible career, a legendary career really,” she said.

“He went in against the best, he never ducked anyone and he was obviously taking a big risk in stepping up in weight and trying to become a three-weight world champion but it didn’t happen for him.

“But what an amazing career! He leaves the sport as an absolute legend and congratulations to him, he’s had a phenomenal career.”

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