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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.

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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