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Carl Frampton's boots raise £1,100 for Oscar charity

By Amanda Ferguson

The boots Belfast boxer Carl Frampton wore during his world title win have raised £1,100 at a charity auction for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice during an event honouring 'Wee Oscar'.

The Oscar Knox Tribute Night was hosted at the Devenish Complex in Belfast on Saturday in memory of the five-year-old Mallusk boy who bravely battled a rare form of childhood cancer until his death in May. It was a huge success with thousands raised for the children's charity.

"Bring plenty of £££ to the Devenish," Frampton told his Twitter followers ahead of the event. "My world title winning boots to be auctioned in aid of Children's Hospice."

Owner of the venue Jim Conlon made the successful bid for The Jackal's coveted boots which he wore during his IBF super-bantamweight title win in Belfast over Spaniard Kiko Martinez.

They will now be displayed in a glass case in Conlon's Gym Co gymnasium for everyone to see.

Event producer Seamus O'Neill told the Belfast Telegraph the night honouring Oscar had been a huge success and paid tribute to the little boy whose journey and battle against illness touched the hearts of people across the UK, Ireland and beyond.

"Hats off to Nicola Perry for organising a cracking night," he said. "It was a big success with all proceeds going to a a great cause.

"Oscar was at the centre of everyone's heart and will continue to be. He will never be replaced and never been forgotten.

"He was a wee man who touched small hearts and big hearts."

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