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Standing by their man... Frampton's family by his side to make New York home from home

By Staff Reporter

"We believe he can win", was the verdict of Carl Frampton's proud mum Flo on the eve of what may be the fight of his life.

Family and fans of the north Belfast fighter packed the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, yesterday for the weigh-in as excitement mounted in the run-up to the WBA featherweight battle between Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Carl's dad Craig and mum Flo had made the transatlantic trip, as had wife Christine and little daughter Carla.

"He believes so we believe," Flo said ahead of the match which will take place tomorrow morning at 3.30am UK time.

"You get used to sitting ringside and watching all the events unfold, it is hard at times but we always believe he'll win if he does."

Carl's old amateur trainer, Billy McKee, was also on hand to watch the Belfast world-beater prepare for the potentially historic clash.

At the weigh-in yesterday, Frampton tipped the scales at 125.5lb, while the Mexican came in at 125.4lbs in the 126lb limit bout.

Frampton appeared confident ahead of the fight which could see him lift the title once held by his manager Barry McGuigan.

And last night Carl's trainer Shane McGuigan - Barry's son - hailed the arrival of The Jackal's supporters in the Big Apple.

"First NYC rainy day in 4 weeks.

"I feel a storm brewing. The Frampton Army must be here", the London-based coach tweeted.

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