Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay has congratulated local boxer Steven Donnelly on a “spirited” performance at the Rio Olympics.
Mr McKay said the Ballymena boxer had represented both the town and his boxing club with distinction.
“There is no doubt that Steven has done everyone in Ballymena and his local club All Saints proud by a great performance in Rio,” he said.
He added: “Bowing out to the world number one on a split decision is no mean feat and he showed great positivity throughout the competition.
“Based on this performance and his strength of character I have no doubt he has a lot more success ahead of him.”