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Frampton v Santa Cruz: Fleet of beer trucks head to Vegas to fuel thirsty fans for title bout

Las Vegas fight promoters - so wary of running out of beer to fuel Carl Frampton's thirsty fans - have stockpiled drink to stop the bars running dry.

Frampton and Santa Cruz are set to clash once again this time in the heat of the desert over the weekend in what is sure to be a mouthwatering encounter.

And some 5,000 of the Jackal's fans are thought to have made the journey across the pond to witness history-maker Frampton cement his place as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time - most likely.

One dedicated follower even traded in his car for a cheaper model to be able to afford the journey and tickets so adamant was he to make the fight.

But promoters are wary the kind of thirst that journey can have - not to mention the insatiable appetite Frampton's Green and White Army usually bring to the ring side that they have stockpiled beer.

Promoter Richard Schaefer joked that he had told the MGM management to order more beer in on Saturday night.

"We don't want a repeat of the week Ricky Hatton's followers drank the bars dry of beer here," he said.

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Last year's New York City’s Barclays Center fight between the pair was hailed one of 2016’s best, and the rematch at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand promises to reach the same heights.

Frampton has even said the two could meet again after the weekend bout - but if they do it will be in Belfast.

Friday sees the pair come face-to-face for the weigh-in. And you can watch it live with the Belfast Telegraph.

It is scheduled for 3pm Vegas time, which is 11pm Northern Ireland time.

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At stake is Frampton's WBA world featherweight title - which he took from Santa Cruz in a majority decision last year having stepped up a weight division from super-bantamweight.

It cemented the Belfast boxer's place in the sport's history having become the first Northern Irish man to become a two-weight world champion.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th November 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Barry Hearn in association with Brian Peters Promotions presents Sky Sports fight night at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magerafelt, Northern Ireland. Super-Bantamweight Contest - Carl Frampton v Ignac Kassai.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th November 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Barry Hearn in association with Brian Peters Promotions presents Sky Sports fight night at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magerafelt, Northern Ireland. Super-Bantamweight Contest - Carl Frampton v Ignac Kassai.
Pacemaker Press 12/6/10 Carl Frampton on his way to victory against Ian Bailey at the King' Hall Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye 18th September 2010 Barry McGuigan Presents Boxing at The Ulster Hall. Carl Frampton v Yuriy Voronin in 8x3 Min Rounds ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
Carl Frampton fights Yuri Voronin in Ulster Hall, Belfast ©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 18th September 2010 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry
Carl Frampton won the Celtic super-bantamweight title at the Ulster Hall on Friday night against Gavin Reid.
Official title fight for the vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight belt between Carl Frampton and Mark Quon at the Odyssey arena, Belfast. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.10/9/11 PACEMAKER BELFAST.
Carl Frampton celebrates successful defence of Commonwealth belt against Kris Hughes
Title delight: Carl Frampton proves his class as he clinches the inter-continental crown against Raul Hirales in May 2012
Boxing Odyssey: Carl Frampton's stoppage of Steve Molitor in Belfast has increased his profile
Last time: Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez during their previous bout at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast in 2013
Carl in action against Jeremy Parodi in October 2013
Carl Frampton demolishes Hugo Cazares in two rounds back in April 2014
Packing a punch: Carl Frampton lands a blow against Kiko Martinez en route to clinching the IBF World super-bantamweight title at the Titanic slipway last September
Carl Frampton (right) against Chris Avalos in February 2015
First to the punch: Frampton lands a blow on Gonzalez jr during the World title fight in El Paso, Texas PRESSEYE
Carl Frampton fighting Scott Quigg. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

 

When is the fight?

The fight will take place on the night of Saturday 29 January at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, meaning it will start in the early hours of Sunday morning, probably around 4am our time.

What channel is it on?

The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports 1, with coverage starting at 1.00am.

Vital stats

Frampton: W23 KO14 L0 D0

Age: 29, height: 5'5"(165cm), reach: 62" (157cm)

Santa Cruz: W32 KO18 L1 D1

Frampton hold the WBA world featherweight. The Northern Irishman is classed as the WBA’s ‘super’ champion, with Abner Mares holding the sanctioning body’s lesser featherweight belt.

What's the odds?

Frampton to win: 4/6, for the KO 33/10 and on points 13/10, Santa Cruz 11/8 for the win, 5/1 for the KO and 5/1 on points and the tie 18/1

What other fights are on the Vegas bill ahead of headliner Frampton?

Dejan Zlaticanin vs Mikey Garcia

Lee Selby vs Jonathan Victor Barros

Josh Taylor vs Alfonso Olvera

Ivan Redkach vs Demond Brock

David Benavidez vs Sherali Mamajonov

Leduan Barthelemy vs Jesus Aguinaga

Wins, wins by knockout, losses, draws

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