P4P countdown: No. 9: Carl Frampton
Luke G. Williams
Over the Christmas and New Year period, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising nine of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came ninth ...
Name: Carl Frampton
BM online P4P ranking: 9th
Fight record: 23 (14)-0
2016 report card: Frampton enjoyed a vintage 2016, with many believing him deserving of 'Fighter of the Year' honours. In February at the Manchester Arena he schooled bitter domestic rival Scott Quigg on points, in a super bantamweight unification bout that disappointed but proved that Frampton has a cool head and a mastery of strategy when required. Then, in July, at the Barclays Center in New York, he waged pugilistic war with Leo Santz Cruz at featherweight, winning a close and memorable fight by majority decision. Perhaps the only further thing 'the Jackal' could have done this year was fight again, but given the intensity of his showdown with Santa Cruz, the fact he has taken a breather is understandable.
Prospects for 2017: There will be no mince pies and turkey for Frampton this Christmas as he prepares for a mouthwatering rematch against Santa Cruz on 28 January at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If he overcomes the Mexican again then a showdown with WBC champ Gary Russell Jr could be on the cards, although Frampton's preference seems to be a domestic barnstormer against IBF title holder Lee Selby.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 16 - Frampton's vintage 2016 has seen him enter our P4P top ten, but he will need to beat Santa Cruz again to stay here. All of our nine panellists included him in their top tens, but no one ranked him higher than ninth. If the Northern Irishman picks up another two or three wins against quality opposition in 2017 then the top five could be within reach.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge and Michael Montero.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.