Belfast Telegraph

Homecoming party for boxing champion Carl Frampton

By Rebecca Black

World champion Carl Frampton is to be given an official reception after Belfast City Council said it would stage an event to celebrate the boxer's achievements.

The Jackal made history at the weekend when he defeated Scott Quigg in their title unification bout and settled the long-standing dispute over who was the best super-bantamweight.

Thousands of fans from Northern Ireland filled the Manchester Arena on Saturday night as the Belfast man and Quigg went head to head.

He was greeted by hundreds of ecstatic fans when he stepped off his flight at George Best Belfast City Airport on Sunday along with wife Christine and two children.

Now those who could not make it to Manchester will be able to hail their hero at a homecoming celebration.

Belfast City Council last night unanimously agreed to host an event in honour of the Tigers Bay fighter.

Councillors even voted to speed up the process by cutting through some red tape.

They granted full authority to the strategic policy and resources committee to make a full decision, instead of just a recommendation.

Had the latter occurred, there would not have been a decision until the full council meeting next month.

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

He said he had the privilege of being in Manchester, and now he wanted to make sure the people of Belfast got an opportunity to show their pride in the fighter and celebrate along with him.

Mr Spence did not give any details about what form the event might take, but he said that the venue would be either Belfast City Hall, or outdoors in the city centre.

"Carl Frampton has made history," Mr Spence added.

"We want to welcome him home and celebrate his achievement."

Lord Mayor Arder Carson also added his congratulations to Frampton on behalf of the council.

The details of the official event will be decided by the committee on Friday.

Frampton's army of fans flooded the Manchester Arena last weekend.

As the chants echoed around the venue and its corridors, The Jackal's supporters drowned out the English fans as they sang: "Everywhere we go, it's the Ulster boys making all the noise."

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