One of Northern Ireland’s top amateur boxers Caoimhín Hynes has been stabbed in the face in the Donegall Place area of Belfast.
Caoimhín, who boxes for Holy Trinity, was enjoying a night out with his girlfriend when he was attacked by a group of men wearing tracksuits at about 2:50am.
On Monday night, Eoaghan Junior, said he is now on the mend after undergoing surgery at the Ulster Hospital.
In a Facebook post he said: "His surgery was successful, lucky enough missed the arteries and just caught a nerve but he is on the mend and recovering now.
"Please give us some time to rest and come to terms with that's happened. No family should ever have to go through this, time to find these scumbags!
"Thank you so much for all the messages, calls and visits, we appreciate it so much, trust me you all don't understand how much it means. Please give Caoimhin time to recover not only physically but mentally.. the support has been from all around the world it's amazing how we can all come together but we'll stay strong and get justice. "
Earlier a post by Holy Trinity Boxing Club read: "Just left the Ulster hospital visiting Caoimhin Agyarko Hynes.
"He is not too bad. It is just a shock to the system. He went out for a night last night, he doesn't drink, he doesn't do anything else. He is a good lad. All the kids look up to him in the club. He has a great personality."
Eoaghan Junior said that it appeared that his brother's phone and wallet was also stolen.
Carl Frampton tweeted: "Disgraceful and disgusting. Hope he'll be back to doing what he does best soon."
The PSNI said: "A 20-year-old male sustained a wound to his cheek after he was assaulted by a number of males wearing track suits. He is currently in hospital receiving treatment.
Detective Inspector Paul Rowland appealed for anyone who was in the area of Donegall Place and who witnessed an altercation or anyone who has any information that can assist with the investigation to contact them at Musgrave Police Station on 101 quoting reference 165 of 01/05/17.
Information can also be passed anonymously via the Independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.