World champion Belfast boxer Carl Frampton hinted to his Twitter followers that he might have celebrated Saturday night’s victory over Chris Avalos with a pint or two.
After stopping the American in the fifth round at a packed, and rocking, Odyssey Arena in Belfast, the Tiger’s Bay man on Sunday tweeted: “I’ve got a busting headache this morning and I hardly got hit #PintsOfBass”
His fans will no doubt forgive him for breaking from the strict regime of a championship boxer to savour the moment of another scintillating performance in which the 28-year-old ‘Jackal’ won the first defence of his IBF World super-bantamweight title.
Moments after referee Howard Foster stepped in to call the contest to a halt – one minute and 33 seconds into round five – social media was awash with congratulations for our home-grown hero, who is managed by fans’ favourite, Barry McGuigan.
On Twitter, First Minister Peter Robinson said: “Super win. Super champion. Proud to be from Northern Ireland.”
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also tweeted: “Congratulations @RealCFrampton, great defence from a worthy World Champion. #impressive”.
In a statement, Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “Belfast has had many great boxing nights and last night was no different with Carl displaying all the talents that have made him a world champion.
“He is a great ambassador for the city and the country and his performance against Chris Avalos shows why he is undefeated in his professional career. He has all the talent and attributes to become a boxing ‘great’ and I wish him continued success.”
Ulster comedian Patrick Kielty tweeted: “Last time a yank got killed that quickly in Belfast was in Game of Thrones. And still...@RealCFrampton – Proud of you our kid!”
Actor Charlie Lawson, better known as Coronation Street’s Jim McDonald, said: “Bloody Great!! Barry is King!! Carl his Prince chasin his crown!!”