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Givan: Congratulations to Carl Frampton

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Sports Minister Paul Givan, MLA has congratulated boxer Carl Frampton on his win against Leo Santa Cruz in New York City.

Carl Frampton is now the WBA world featherweight champion after defeating Santa Cruz late on Saturday night.

The Minister said: “Carl Frampton is now Northern Ireland’s first world boxing champion at two different weights – super bantamweight and now featherweight. This is a great achievement for Carl and for Northern Ireland. 

“For our country to again ‘punch above its weight’ in sport is a great credit to all our sports men and women.  Sport is a fantastic way of bringing people together and Carl and the rest of our sports people are role models to so many.

“With the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio coming up, this will be another opportunity for our home grown athletes to shine.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the athletes going to Rio best wishes for success.

“Finally, many congratulations to Carl and his team on becoming the WBA featherweight champion of the world.”

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