Carl Frampton Belfast celebration details announced for world champion
Frampton: 'I’m a working-class lad from Belfast and I’m delighted that I’ll be able to celebrate my World title win with the people of this great city'
A special homecoming celebration for Carl Frampton - the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights - will take place this week.
The event will take place at Belfast City Hall on Friday August 12 and will be a chance for fans to show their appreciation and support.
It will run from 6pm - 7pm with entry on a first come first served basis.
Carl Frampton made history on July 30 in New York, by becoming the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world titles at two different weights, when dethroning WBA World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The event jointly hosted by the Lord Mayor Alderman Brian Kingston and the Minister for Communities, Paul Givan will also see boxing demonstrations by local fighters taking place in the grounds from 4.30pm.
Excerpts from Carl's fights will be shown on large screen as the Northern Ireland hero along with his family discuss his extraordinary achievements.
Carl said: “I am honoured that the city of Belfast is hosting a homecoming event for me. I’m a working-class lad from Belfast and I’m delighted that I’ll be able to celebrate my World title win with the people of this great city.”
The Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston, said: “The whole city wants to pay tribute to a fantastic fighter who is a role model not just for his sport but for sport in general and what it can contribute in life skills and opportunity.
“He is hard working, determined, focused and a first-class ambassador for Belfast – he never forgets where he comes from and often pays tribute to it and its people. At Friday’s event our people can pay their own well-deserved tribute to him – an extraordinary champion and an even more extraordinary man who has his roots firmly planted at home.
"Congratulations to Carl, his family and his support team – you have made everyone so proud and now we want to show how proud we are of you,” added the Lord Mayor.
Minister Givan added his own congratulations and said: “Through his historic win over Santa Cruz, Carl has once again put Northern Ireland on the sporting map. Thousands of boxing fans from here travelled to New York to witness his remarkable win, whilst tens of thousands cheered him on from back home. This is testament to the high esteem and affection that people have for The Jackal.
"I was keen for an event to be staged as soon as possible once Carl came home to mark his success so that all fans could come together to celebrate his success. I trust it will be a great occasion.”