Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has congratulated Carl Frampton on winning the European super-bantamweight title.
Frampton stopped Kiko Martinez in the ninth round at the Odyssey Arena to take the title.
Minister Ní Chuilín said "This was another tremendous night for Irish boxing and Belfast.
"We keep turning out boxers who can compete with the best in the world. It is only a matter of time before Carl Frampton fights for a world title. His performance last night shows that he has what it takes to be our next world champion."
The Minister also congratulated all the other local boxers who fought their way to victory at the Odyssey Arena last night.
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