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Carl Frampton awarded honorary degree by Queen's University

Belfast-born boxer Carl Frampton MBE received his Doctor of the University (DUni) for distinction in sport. Credit: Andrew Towe/Parkway Photography
Belfast-born boxer Carl Frampton MBE received his Doctor of the University (DUni) for distinction in sport. Credit: Andrew Towe/Parkway Photography

Belfast boxer Carl Frampton has been awarded an honorary degree by Queen's University Belfast.

"The Jackal" received a Doctor of the University (DUni) for distinction in sport at a ceremony on Saturday.

Frampton, who is due to return to the ring in August, previously held world titles in two weight divisions.

He was the International Boxing Federation super-bantamweight champion from September 2014 until he vacated to belt in April 2016 to fight Leo Santa Cruz.

The Tiger's Bay fighter defeated Santa Cruz in July 2016 to win the World Boxing Association super-featherweight title, which he lost to the same fighter in January the following year.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Frampton said: "I am delighted to accept this honorary degree from Queen’s University in my hometown of Belfast.

"This award means so much to me, and I am so pleased to be here to share in this day with so many other students graduating from the University."

In 2016, Frampton received an MBE for services to boxing.

He is among 14 people who received honorary degrees this summer at Queen's University Belfast.

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