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Carl Frampton to receive a hero's welcome in Belfast

By Amanda Ferguson

It's become the traditional rite of passage for Northern Ireland's supreme sporting talent.

Fresh from becoming a powerhouse of world boxing, one of Carl Frampton's first stops was the powerhouse of politics.

The First Minister and deputy First Minister yesterday celebrated Frampton's new boxing world champion status at an event at Parliament Buildings.

And the 27-year-old is set to get another hero's welcome at Belfast City Hall today following the Stormont event yesterday which was also attended by the north Belfast man's manager Barry McGuigan.

The public is invited to the Lord Mayor's official reception from 1pm to acknowledge The Jackal winning the IBF super-bantamweight title on Saturday night.

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon is hosting the gala to mark his impressive win over Spaniard Kiko Martinez at a purpose-built 16,000-seater outdoor arena in the Titanic Quarter.

The champion boxer will be joined on the stage by his family and McGuigan whose Cyclone Promotions staged the Titanic Showdown.

"We're staging this reception at lunchtime to allow as many people as possible to come to the City Hall and show Carl just how proud everyone in Belfast is of what he has achieved," Ms Mallon said. "Celebrating the best of Belfast has been the theme all through my term in office – and this will be a celebration our city will revel in."

Spaniard Kiko Martinez has been gracious in defeat and tweeted in praise of the Tigers Bay man.

"Thank you all Irish and UK fans," he wrote. "I did my best. Carl is a true champ. Enjoy the title. Nothing but respect for @RealCFrampton."

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