Frampton wins even more hearts and minds with ‘drinks all round’ for fans

Carl Frampton meets the fans and buys them a round at Annie Moore's bar in Manhattan the day after winning the WBA featherweight belt  after defeating Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY.  Photo: William Cherry/PressEye
Carl Frampton meets the fans and buys them a round at Annie Moore's bar in Manhattan the day after winning the WBA featherweight belt after defeating Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Photo: William Cherry/PressEye

Thousands of people around the world have been sharing online images of Carl Frampton celebrating his historic world title win with travelling fans in New York.

The new WBA featherweight champion – bearing the bruises of a hard-fought victory over the previously undefeated Leo Santa Cruz – happily got the drinks in at an Irish bar in Manhattan on Sunday night.

His down-to-earth generosity and effortlessly humble attitude seems to have won him a new legion of supporters in a sport often dominated by enormous egos.

Frampton even joined in a sing-song with the fans who travelled from Northern Ireland in their droves to cheer him on.

The overwhelming consensus of those commenting on his down-to-earth sense of decency hailed the 29-year-old as “a class act”.

Frampton said he didn’t mind putting on a free bar for the fans as he hoped his new superstar status meant he wouldn’t have to spend much on drink in the future.

“I think this win means I won’t have to buy a pint for the next 20 years,” he said.

The Strictly Boxing Fans Twitter page posted television footage of the get together at Annie Moore’s bar with the message: “Brilliant! Frampton celebrating his win with fans at a pub where he paid for the drinks too! Frampton’s on fire!”

Among the first to offer online congratulations was Frampton’s wife Christine, simply saying: “Just so proud.”