Belfast City Council is hosting a homecoming event will be world boxing champion Carl Frampton in Belfast tonight
The council said the event will take place at Belfast City Hall to celebrate the first local boxer to win world championships at two different weights.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston said it would be an opportunity for people to congratulate the boxer.
“He is a tremendous ambassador for us.
“Not just in what he has achieved, but how he handles himself, his whole character and he’s very proud of where he comes from.”
The Lord Mayor said up to 6,000 people could be accommodated in the grounds of City Hall and that admittance was on a first come, first served basis.
“Our sporting heroes are our icons and our role models and in so many sports we punch above our weights, literally when it comes to boxing,” said Mr Kingston.
“This will be a night to remember at the front of City Hall.”
The homecoming bash will take place between 6 pm and 7 pm.
Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.
Frampton says he’s “honoured” that the council is holding a homecoming event for him this evening.
“I’m a working-class lad from Belfast and I’m delighted that I’ll be able to celebrate my world title win with the people of this great city,” he says.
Mentor and promoter Barry McGuigan and his trainer son Shane are expected to be part of Carl’s entourage for the evening.
Barry McGuigan has fond memories of a homecoming event held for him in Belfast 31 years.
The Clones born fighter became the adopted son of Belfast when he went to QPR’s Loftus Road football ground and in June 1985 and beat world featherweight champion Eusebio Pedroza on points.
Barry was paraded through Belfast City Centre in an open top bus as the footpaths heaved with crowds of well wishers.