Former Elite champion Carl Frampton has cited Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan as his favourite Irish male amateur boxers.

The “Jackal”, a two-time European medallist for Ireland, also lists Michael Carruth, Joe Ward, John Joe Nevin, Andy Lee and many more amongst his favourites.

“Over the last 30 years Irish amateur boxing has had some amazing moments, indeed some of the best ever in the history of the sport on this island, Frampton writes in Sunday Life.

I‘ve been fortunate to be part of the High-Performance set-up in Dublin which has transformed the success Irish boxers have had on the international stage over the past 15 years. It has been tricky, harder than listing my top 10 Irish professionals, but here goes for my top 10 Irish male amateur boxers for the past 30 years.

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(Image: Frampton, centre, Ken Egan, Darren Sutherland, Roy Sheahan and Cathal McMonagle show off their medals from the 2007 EU Championships at the National Stadium)