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Carl Frampton: Hundreds turn out in Belfast to honour champion boxer after win over Kiko Martinez

By John Mulgrew

Hundreds have packed into the grounds of Belfast City Hall to honour champion boxer Carl Frampton following his stunning world championship win over Kiko Martinez.

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon hosted the gala to mark his impressive win over the Spaniard, at a purpose-built 16,000-seater outdoor arena in the Titanic Quarter.

The champion boxer was joined on the stage by his daughter Carla and Barry McGuigan.

The Tiger's Bay man Frampton ensured the IBF super-bantamweight belt stayed firmly in his home city after a stunning win over the Spanish title holder on Saturday.

The city and Northern Ireland as a whole came to standstill when the Jackal - going in tonight as the challenger - marched into the ring at Titanic Quarter.

Some 16,000 people packed into the bespoke venue, and watched their man fight his way to a stunning victory.

Frampton promised the belt would stay in Belfast, and he didn't disappoint. It was all Carl, all the way.

While it may have sounded like just mere hyperbole, the 27-year-old said it was his "destiny" to take the title.

But in Belfast on Saturday, he proved it certainly was.

Further reading

Carl Frampton: A Titanic battle against Kiko Martinez ends in dreamland for star Frampton

Carl Frampton: Bruised and exhausted, hero comes home after defeating Kiko Martinez in Belfast's Titanic Quarter

Carl Frampton: Sports stars quick to tweet congratulations

Carl Frampton: Civic reception for Jackal but no open top bus tour like Barry

Carl Frampton: A Titanic battle against Kiko Martinez ends in dreamland for star Frampton

Carl Frampton: Victory over Kiko Martinez in Belfast was a win for all of Northern Ireland

Scott Quigg is now top of Carl Frampton's wishlist for next bout

Carl Frampton's world title heroics crown year of sporting glory for Northern Ireland

Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton makes a meal out of courageous Kiko Martinez

Carl Frampton can be best ever Irish boxer, says manager Barry McGuigan

Carl Frampton stuck to the plan in world class display: coach Shane McGuigan 

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