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Carl Frampton fan sold wife's car to fund Las Vegas Leo Santa Cruz fight trip

By Claire Williamson

Is this Carl Frampton's number one fan? The Belfast boxer often hails his fans as being the best in the world as they follow him around the world to show their support.

And now he has told of how "honoured" he is to have such a dedicated travelling support - especially one fan who sold his wife's car and has used the money to get to Las Vegas for the rematch - despite needing two new front teeth.

Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz will come to blows again on January 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Frampton made history on July 30 in New York by becoming the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world titles at two different weights, when dethroning Mexican WBA World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The pair came face to face this week in Belfast and on Thursday in Las Vegas at press conferences which were open to the public.

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Frampton speaking after the Las Vegas press conference paid tribute to his fans saying he was "honoured" to have them.

He estimates around 4,000 fans from the UK will travel to Las Vegas to support him.

Among them is Keith Dallas - a former amateur boxer from Belfast who recently sold his wife's car to pay for a trip to Las Vegas to watch Frampton's rematch with Santa Cruz - despite needing new front teeth.

Frampton told Boxing Scene the story following the Las Vegas press conference on Thursday.

He said: "He sold his wife's car, so him and his wife could come to the fight.

"He bought her a different car, but it's not a very good car. So he downgraded to come out to the fight. I don't know how that went down with the wife, but that's the fanatical fan base that I have and I'm very honoured to have it.

"First of all I laughed, I thought he was crazy. I thought about my own wife and what she would do if I had done something like that. It wouldn't go down well. I just laughed.

"He got his teeth knocked out recently as well. He's looking to find himself a new set of teeth. But when he found a bit of money (from selling the car) he spent it on going to the fight rather than that. That's amazing.

"But when you think about it in hindsight, it's a huge thing. These people are putting themselves under a lot of pressure financially, just to come out and support me. I'm very very grateful."

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