Irish boxer Caoimhn Hynes jabbed on nighttime out in Belfast – BBC News

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Image caption Caoimhin Hynes is an Irish amateur boxer from the Holy Trinity Club

A young Irish amateur boxer has been jabbed in the look while on a nighttime out with his girlfriend in Belfast.

Caoimhn Hynes, 20, was assaulted by a group of men wearing tracksuits at Donegall Place at about 02:50 BST.

He was reduced on the buttock and has undergone surgery at the Ulster Hospital.

Caoimhn containers for Holy Trinity club.

His uncle, Jim Hynes was a champion boxer for the same club.

On Monday afternoon, Belfast boxing champ Carl Frampton tweeted: “Disgraceful and outraging.

“Hope he’ll be back to doing what he does best soon.”

Holy Trinity boxing club manager Michael Hawkins told the BBC that he had undergone two operations.

“They have patched up the curve which is four and a half or five inches long. It was only a inch or so away from the main artery.

“He is not too bad. It is just a scandalize to the system. He went out for a nighttime last night, he doesn’t boozing, he doesn’t do anything else. He is a good fellow. All the boys look up to him in the team. He has a great personality.

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Image caption Caoimhn is undergoing surgery after his look was lashed

“He got into a bit of an altercation in Belfast, it’s not the done thing, for it to finish how it did, we could have been in a really, even worse target today.”

Mr Hawkins said the boxer was one of a group who travelled to Paris last week, where he triumphed three pushes out of three.

“He won the Montana belt and he is on a high. He is up there, ” Mr Hawkins said.

“He is a real good chap. Hopefully the authorities concerned will get this wind sorted out properly and we are in a position carry on.”

Mr Hawkins said that Caoimhn’s mother countenanced the media to call photographs of her son’s injuries “to remind people how readily something can swerve nasty”.

Following his functioning, Caoimhn posted on Facebook: “I am anointed !! so lucky person to still be alive – any lower and happens could have been a lot different. What a long date this has been, very lucky to have illusory sidekicks, family and surely girlfriend.”

Police said this was a serious assault. They have appealed for eyewitness to come forward.

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