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Wednesday 1 June 2016

Windsor Park a 'great' venue for next Carl Frampton fight: Caral Ni Chuilin

By Noel McAdam

Published 01/03/2016

Champ: Carl Frampton
Champ: Carl Frampton

Windsor Park would form a "great backdrop" for Carl Frampton's next fight, the Minister for Sports has said.

Sinn Fein's Caral Ni Chuilin appealed to promoters to come up with proposals, after which she said her department could attempt to help put the bout together.

In the Assembly, the DUP's Trevor Clarke said that since his super-bantamweight victory over Scott Quigg at the weekend, local hero Carl had said he would love to fight in Windsor Park.

Mr Clarke asked the minister: "Given that there was a sell-out match in Manchester, and we have the champion from North Belfast, which, indeed, is your constituency, what will you and your department do, minister, to support his ambition to have that fight in Northern Ireland at Windsor Park so that people in Northern Ireland can enjoy it here rather than having to travel elsewhere?"

Ms Ni Chuilin said she had visited Windsor Park last week, and described the redevelopment work as "very impressive", adding: "I think that it would be a great backdrop for any boxing bill.

"I am not a boxing promoter. It is up to the boxing promoters to bring forward opportunities, not just for Carl but for other boxers.

"In the past we have met Barry McGuigan, Carl Frampton and many other professional boxers.

"Where there are opportunities, as there was with Titanic, to provide such a spectacle for us to enjoy, we will certainly do all that we can to help. In the first instance, it is really a matter for the boxing promoters," she said.

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