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Take a look at the 16,000-seat arena built on the Titanic slipways for Frampton v Martinez

IBF Super-Bantamweight fight set to be the biggest night of boxing ever in Northern Ireland.

BELFAST’S TITANIC QUARTER teems with history and tomorrow night, Carl Frampton bids to add a little piece of his own.

Frampton, the city’s pride and joy, takes on Kiko Martinez for the IBF World Super-Bantamweight title in what has been billed as the biggest night of boxing ever to take place in Northern Ireland.

A 16,000-seat outdoor arena has been purpose built for the event in the shadow of the old Harland and Wolff cranes on the historic Titanic slipways.

Nicknamed “The Jackal’s Den”, this unique setting for Frampton’s date with destiny was the brainchild of Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson.

Promoter Barry McGuigan said: “We didn’t have a venue and I thought, ‘How the hell did I not think of that?’ He came up with the Titanic Quarter which is fantastic.”

Here’s a look behind the scenes at how it all came together:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Source: Matt Mackey/Press Eye

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Source: Matt Mackey/Press Eye

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