Carl Frampton: I cried my eyes out when I wasn’t selected for the Commonwealth Games | Boxing News

Northern Ireland is strongly represented in the semifinals of the boxing tournament at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

Seven boxers from their team will compete at the NEC in Birmingham, battling for a place in Sunday’s final, but have already secured a medal.

Carl Frampton understands the pride that comes with winning a medal at these Games. He became a world champion with two weights and a star of the sport. But he never went to the Commonwealths and still regrets it.

Carl Frampton
Frampton became a boxing superstar but regrets missing the Commonwealth Games as an amateur

“It’s just one of those things, you win the Ulster Championships and that’s your ticket to the Commonwealth Games, that’s all,” he said. air sports.

“I was Irish champion and I think probably number one in the Four Nations at the time. I had just won the Multinationals the week before. If I hadn’t participated in the Ulsters I would have been sent, I think, simply because I was the Irish Champion was, but I entered and lost.

“I remember going home and screaming because I wanted to represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games. It never happened.

“I would have been immensely proud to represent Northern Ireland at a Commonwealth Games.”

Boxing is an important sport in Northern Ireland. “It’s huge. It hasn’t been that long since the Ulster Championships were shown on TV in Northern Ireland,” said Frampton. “It’s a sport that people respect at home.”

It is also a sport that transcends social and political divisions there.

“Boxing in Northern Ireland has always been a sport that brings people together,” said Frampton.

“I don’t really know why. Maybe it has to do with the respect and respect you have to have for someone brave enough to step through the ropes. It takes a lot of courage to do that.”

‘That’s kind of my answer to it. That might be the right answer, but I don’t know.’

Amateur boxing clubs play an often underrated but immensely valuable role in their communities.

“My old coach Billy McKee used to say that the biggest achievements for him as a coach weren’t winning championships or anything, or someone else winning titles, it was about taking a guy who’s having a little hard time , maybe on the wrong path, and get him back on the right path, a kid going to college who maybe wasn’t expected to do it, and succeed or get a job,” Frampton said.

“It was the real success stories for him. Maybe people outside see that and understand it. I think all sports are at that level too, it’s all volunteer and these guys give up a lot of time just to try and help, help other people.”

Frampton believes high-profile athletes like himself should use that position. He was at the Commonwealth Games to support the Northern Ireland team, as well as speaking at the Beyond the Games conference. He was one of 250 sports leaders who attended. When asked whether the sports sector was doing enough to use its power and popularity in society to break down social barriers and address inequalities in local communities, 70 percent were neutral or disagreed.

Carl Frampton
Frampton believes athletes should use their platform to make a positive impact

“The positive impact and influence that athletes can have, people listen to them for whatever reason,” said Frampton. “Because you have a platform, you have to use it positively.

“In Birmingham” [these boxers] will be able to get their own positive message out as Commonwealth medalists.”

Northern Ireland has quality boxers such as Amy Broadhurst, Michaela Walsh, Jude Gallagher and more in the semi-finals. Frampton tips Dylan Eagleson as someone to keep an eye on.

“[He] just won a silver medal at the European Championships, he’s only 19. You know how hard it is to win a medal at a European Championship,” said Frampton. “All those Eastern Bloc countries, they can all fight, they all have very good fighters. Some people even say that [securing a medal] on the Europeans is as tough as an Olympics because there are no real easy fights.

“There’s a lot of media coverage for the Commonwealth Games, people will see him and know a little bit more about him. That should be the case because he’s a nice guy and a very, very good fighter. It’s more exposure for them, more than the medals. The medals are important, but the exposure is also very important.”

England, Wales and Scotland also have quality boxers in the semi-finals.

Reigning Commonwealth silver medalist Rosie Eccles will take on Eireaan Nugent of Northern Ireland. England’s Lewis Richardson boxing Sam Hickey from Scotland at the highest level in the middleweight.

The light heavy Taylor Bevan from Wales and Aaron Bowen from England have both made great strides in this tournament. Colliding at 80kg and exciting super heavyweight, Birmingham’s very own Delicious Orie is bidding for a place in the final against New Zealand’s Leuila Mau’u at the end of a long boxing session.

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