Top boxer 'lucky to be alive' after being stabbed in the face while on night out
One of Northern Ireland’s top amateur boxers Caoimhín Hynes has been stabbed in the face in the Donegall Place area of Belfast.
Caoimhín, who boxes for Holy Trinity, was enjoying a night out with his girlfriend when he was attacked by a group of men wearing tracksuits at about 2:50am.
He is currently undergoing surgery at the Ulster Hospital.
Carl Frampton tweeted: "Disgraceful and disgusting. Hope he'll be back to doing what he does best soon."
Caoimhín's brother, Eoaghan Junior, said in a Facebook post that the boxer's phone and wallet had been stolen.
He said: "Just to let everyone know, my bro got knifed/sliced. Love you bro, warrior".
A post by Holy Trinity Boxing Club reads: "Just left the Ulster hospital visiting Caoimhin Agyarko Hynes.
"He is very lucky to be alive after a stabbing incident last night. He is in good spirits but will go through an operation later today. Thank you all for your well wishes ."
The PSNI said: "A 20-year-old male sustained a wound to his cheek after he was assaulted by a number of males wearing track suits. He is currently in hospital receiving treatment.
Detective Inspector Paul Rowland appealed for anyone who was in the area of Donegall Place and who witnessed an altercation or anyone who has any information that can assist with the investigation to contact them at Musgrave Police Station on 101 quoting reference 165 of 01/05/17.
Information can also be passed anonymously via the Independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111