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Carl Frampton receives honorary degree from Queen’s University

Carl Frampton pictured at the summer graduation at Queen's University where he received an honorary degree. Credit: QUB

Belfast boxer Carl Frampton has received an honorary degree during the summer graduations at Queen’s University.

‘The Jackal’ picked up a Doctor of the University (DUni) for distinction in sport.

The athlete from Tiger’s Bay in north Belfast turned professional in 2009 after winning a number of amateur titles.

Frampton has held the World Boxing Organization interim featherweight title since April 2018.

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He is a former world champion in two weight classes, having held the International Boxing Federation super-bantamweight titles between 2014 and 2016, and the World Boxing Association (Super) featherweight title from 2016 to 2017.

He became the first boxer from Northern Ireland and only the second boxer from Ireland to have held world titles in two weight classes, earning him a reputation as one of the top boxers in the world.

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

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.”

Frampton is among 14 individuals who received honorary degrees this summer at the university and on Saturday Professor Julie Chen also received a Doctor of Science (DSc Eng) for distinction in engineering.

Professor Chen is Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of UMass Lowell in the US and one of the leading experts on nanotechnology and innovations in materials processing and manufacturing.