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Frampton fury as tickets for sell-out Belfast comeback are touted online

By Victoria Leonard

Carl Frampton has issued an apology to disappointed fans who were left without tickets for his fight against Andres Guttierez after his first Belfast bout in more than two years sold out in minutes.

Yesterday frustrated fans of The Jackal took to social media to complain that they had been unable to secure tickets for the event at the 11,000-seat SSE Arena on July 29.

The situation was exacerbated by some touting theirs online for inflated prices, with one offering a single ticket for £440 yesterday.

Frampton took to social media to apologise to those who had missed out.

"Can I add that I am deeply sorry for people who missed tickets. It is my objective to box at Windsor & sell it out before I retire. Sorry," he tweeted.

Later in the evening he expressed his anger at those trying to make a profit by selling their tickets to see him fight, labelling anyone doing that as a "scumbag".

"If you've got a ticket and are selling them at inflated prices you're nothing but a piece of s***," he said.

Moira resident Carl Williams (36) said he had spent thousands travelling to support his boxing idol, adding he felt "betrayed" after failing to get tickets.

"On Thursday morning I went to the Ticketmaster vendor in Newry and queued from 8.30am until the shop opened at 10am," he explained. "My friends were at different Ticketmasters and also at the SSE Arena. As well as that, we were constantly checking online sites. At 10am the shop opened and I was second in the queue, but within one minute the man said that all the tickets except a couple of £120 ones had been purchased. When I contacted my friends none of them had been able to get tickets either. I have seen Frampton fight at the Odyssey, at the Titanic Quarter and in Vegas, but I have never seen this happen before."

Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan of Cyclone Promotions told the Belfast Telegraph that The Jackal was "looking to get to Windsor Park in the next year".

He insisted that no tickets had been reserved for corporate use, and said that his team had "endeavoured to ensure that everyone on their database was accommodated and that everyone who travelled to Las Vegas and New York would be accommodated. It is a case of demand exceeding supply".

In a statement released on social media, Cyclone Promotions said that it was "very sorry for any fans who missed out". It added that the "majority" of tickets had been sold by Ticketmaster and the SSE Arena, the "inner ringside are being sold by Cyclone", and "the rest have been placed in the hands of the boxers". The statement said it had been "logistically impossible" to hold the fight at Windsor Park.

Ticketmaster said "demand for tickets has exceeded supply" for the Frampton right.

The SSE Arena said it had been "inundated" with ticket requests.

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