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Carl Frampton world title winning party planned after Jackal returns home

By Staff Reporter

Carl Frampton has arrived back in Ireland after his victory over Leo Santa Cruz - which made him a two-weight world king.

The Jackal, from Tigers Bay in north Belfast, flew into Dublin Airport on Saturday morning, where he took the time to pose for photographs and sign autographs for fans.

Frampton tweeted: "Back in the promised land. Wasn't a bad trip to New York..."

A hero's homecoming is being planned for the history-making champion, who fans are hailing the greatest Northern Irish boxer of all-time.

Stormont's Department for Communities has said it is "currently considering how it can best recognise Carl Frampton's achievements on Saturday night", with further details to be revealed in the near future.

First Minister Arlene Foster said Stormont "will certainly want to recognise" Frampton's achievement in becoming the first person from Northern Ireland to be world champion in two weight categories.

"He is a world champion, and I think it is absolutely right to recognise it as such," she added.

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