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No Belfast homecoming celebration for Carl Frampton as city council 'can't find suitable date'

By Claire Williamson

A planned 'homecoming' celebration for boxing world champion Carl Frampton will not go ahead as Belfast City Council can not find a suitable date.

The event was to be held at Belfast's Waterfront Hall to celebrate the Tiger's Bay man's win against rival Scott Quigg in Manchester in February.

The Belfast boxer returned victorious from Manchester unifying the IBF and WBA super-bantamweight division.

Belfast Deputy Mayor Guy Spence proposed that Belfast City Council host an event to celebrate the "people's champion".

However, the event will no longer go ahead as a suitable date can't be found.

In a statement Belfast City Council said: Following Carl Frampton’s most recent victory, Belfast City Council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee agreed to stage a homecoming event to recognise his achievement in becoming the WBA and IBF super-bantamweight unified World Boxing  champion.

"Unfortunately, due to a clash of commitments, a suitable date could not be found."

Chair of the Strategic Policy & Resources Committee, Councillor Declan Boyle, expressed his disappointment in not being able to host the vent, but praised him for his achievement.

He said: “On behalf of Belfast I would like to congratulate Carl on this magnificent sporting milestone which is an incredible accolade for one of Belfast’s own to win.”

Carl Frampton and his promoters Cyclone said there would be many more occasions to celebrate.

“We appreciate the council’s hard work in trying to put on this event, and wanted to say thank you to all of its hard working members, and  to the fight fans.

"We hope they enjoyed Carl unifying the belts, and we are sure there will be many more occasions to celebrate.”

Talks are reported to be ongoing between Frampton's team and world featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, with the suggestion that the Jackal may go up a weight division.

Shane McGuigan - who trains Frampton - says nothing has been agreed yet and the Jackal has plenty of options.

Frampton received his MBE at Buckingham Palace last month, on what he called a "very proud day".

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