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Public Receptions to honour Frampton confirmed for Belfast and Banbridge

Belfast City Council have confirmed that they will hold a public event to honour unified super bantamweight World champ Carl Frampton.

The Tiger’s Bay fighter defeated Scott Quigg on a massive PPV show in Manchester in February to add the WBA belt to his IBF strap and become Ireland’s first ever unified champion.

The build up to the clash certainly captured the imagination of the Titanic City, with a press conference last November at the Europa Hotel attracting hundreds of vociferous fans.

The Jackal Army then invaded Manchester for the fight at the Manchester Arena, with nearly 15,000 fans taking over the city for the weekend.

The upcoming event to honour the 28 year old will take place at the Waterfront Hall on a date to be confirmed.

Belfast Deputy Mayor Guy Spence forwarded the idea in the aftermath of the win and the proposal has been rubber-stamped this week by the City council.

The Belfast reception is one of two celebrations for Frampton, with ‘The Jackal’ also due to be honoured in nearby Banbridge, where he currently lives.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie