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Carl Frampton Appreciation Day: America's Westchester County declares July 12 as day of recognition for Belfast's Jackal

By Claire Williamson

The Twelfth of July celebrations had a smaller scale rival event yesterday in the form of 'Carl Frampton Appreciation Day'.

Belfast boxer Carl Frampton in just three weeks will take on Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on July 30.

The Jackal's Army are expected to jet out to the New York in their droves to see the WBA featherweight title bout.

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Frampton is currently training in New Rochelle, in the Big Apple and the Westchester County Executive Robert J Astorino welcomed him by declaring Tuesday July 12 2016 - 'Carl Frampton Appreciation Day' and presented him with a proclamation.

It said: "Now therefore I, Robert P. Astorino, County Executive of Westchester County, do hereby proclaim July 12, 2016 to be Carl Frampton Recongition Day in Westchester County and join my friends and neighbors to mark this impressive accomplishment and to wish him well in his upcoming championship match."



Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, celebrations were underway yesterday for the annual Twelfth where 18 demonstrations were staged to mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

It is not known if Carl Frampton Appreciation Day will be an annual event - but from the reaction on social media it could well be adopted.

One said: "Double celebration. Will there be a parade too?" another added: "We'd all mutually celebrate that every year on the 12th."

The 29-year-old Belfast man officially relinquished his IBF World super-bantamweight belt in order to challenge Santa Cruz, who is already a three-weight World champion.

Should the Jackal triumph he would become the first Northern Ireland fighter to win World titles at two different weights - having become the first Irish boxer to unify world titles after he outpointed Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in February.

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