Irish amateur boxer Hynes stabbed in face on night out

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

A young Irish amateur boxer has been stabbed in the face while on a night out with his girlfriend in Belfast.

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

He was slashed on the cheek and is undergoing surgery at the Ulster Hospital.

Caoimhín boxes for Holy Trinity club.

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

On Monday afternoon, Belfast boxing champion Carl Frampton tweeted: "Disgraceful and disgusting.

"Hope he'll be back to doing what he does best soon."

Holy Trinity boxing club coach Michael Hawkins told the On Events: "At the moment, he is going through his second operation. They have patched up the wound which is four and a half or five inches long. It is just an inch or so away from the main artery.

"He is not too bad. It is just a shock to the system. He went out for a night last night, he doesn't drink, he doesn't do anything else. He is a good lad. All the kids look up to him in the club. He has a great personality.

Image copyright Hynes Family Image caption Caoimhín is undergoing surgery after his face was slashed

"He got into a bit of an altercation in Belfast, it's not the done thing, for it to finish it how it did, we could have been in a really really bad place today."

Mr Hawkins said the boxer was one of a group who travelled to Paris last week, where he won three fights 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 lad. Hopefully we will get this wound sorted out properly and we can carry on."

Mr Hawkins said that Caoimhín's mother allowed the media to use photographs of her son's injuries "to remind people how easily something can turn nasty".

In a Facebook post, Caoimhín's brother, Eoaghan Junior, said: "Just to let everyone know, my bro got knifed/sliced."

He ended his post with the words: "Love you bro, warrior".

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

BBC

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