David Haye hails Carl Frampton and Shane McGuigan

Carl Frampton on the attack against Leo Santa Cruz
Carl Frampton on the attack against Leo Santa Cruz

David Haye has labelled Carl Frampton as an “all time great.”

Heavyweight Haye was ringside in New York on Saturday night as Frampton dethroned Leo Santa Cruz of his WBA Featherweight title.

The win made Frampton a two weight world champion and former heavyweight World champion Haye was very impressed with what he witnessed in the Barclays Center.

“He was amazing, going up in weight to fight the best guy in the division, a three-weight world champion.

“He was really up against it over here in the States, he really had to rise to the occasion and did that in fantastic style.

“He didn’t just box, he stood there toe to toe, let his hands go and he won in my opinion a very clear victory. I’m so proud of him because he’s really fulfilling his potential.”

Haye added: “the skill set he has in the ring, in the ring he can do anything he wants.

“He can turn southpaw, can stand and fight, he’s a master boxer. He can do anything.

“This kind of opponent, on paper, should beat Carl Frampton – but he wasn’t having any of it.

“He was the underdog coming into this fight but he turned it on its head and he’s going to go down as an all time great.”

And Haye praised Frampton and his own trainer Shane McGuigan after ‘The Jackal’s victory.

“Shane McGuigan had a gameplan and Carl executed it to perfection. He entertained every single person in the Barclays Arena.

“As a trainer he’s never been beaten, he’s never been in the ring with a fighter who has lost.

“That’s testament to his ability. He’s a young guy, a lot of other coaches look at him and go ‘oh he’s only young, he’s got a lot to learn’ but he’s getting the results He’s young, hungry, and he wants to learn as well. He doesn’t think he’s the finished article. Every time we go to the gym we’re working on different things.”