Fury as Carl Frampton fight tickets sell out in minutes and are then touted for £7k
Hundreds of Carl Frampton fans were left butted yesterday as tickets for his highly anticipated fight against Scott Quigg sold out within minutes.
Many took to social media in outrage as tickets for the bout next February appeared on resale sites for £7,000-plus just hours later.
The current IBF super bantamweight champion will take on the Bury-born WBA super-bantamweight champion on February 27 at the Manchester Arena.
Around 20,000 tickets priced between £40 and £500 went on sale at 9am yesterday but they were all gone within nine minutes.
By yesterday afternoon tickets appeared on sites such as Get Me In, StubHub and Viagogo at prices up to £7,006.93. The cheapest resale ticket available was £130.68.
Many local fans had already booked flights and accommodation when the fight was announced a few weeks ago to ensure they could make it to the English city.
A woman from Killyleagh, who didn't want to be named, said she was devastated as she and seven friends had spent £1,600 on flights and accommodation to celebrate her 21st birthday, but they didn't manage to get any tickets for the fight.
She said: "It's disappointing because by 9.10am large amounts of tickets were already on other websites selling for hundreds. People are just looking to rip others off for financial benefits while real fans are left disappointed."
She said that they are now trying to buy tickets at face value elsewhere, but if not they will go to Manchester and soak up the atmosphere in the city.
Long-term fans said that this will be one of the first Frampton fights they will miss due to the huge demand for tickets.
David Quinn (24) from Belfast spent just under £200 on flights and accommodation for the fight, but missed out yesterday.
He said: "It was incredibly disappointing. I've been to all the Belfast fights. Three of us are still planning on going over. Hopefully we will manage to get a ticket somehow between now and then but if not will still go and support from the outside."
Steven McKay (31) from Greyabbey said: "I'm gutted as four of us have booked to fly over and I have been to every fight he's had in Belfast. We've spent £150 each on flights and a hotel. I'm still planning to go, though, I'll be in the stadium telling Quigg and Eddie Hearn what I think of them one way or another."
In the rush to buy tickets some fans faced other problems. One man said yesterday that he had accidentally spent £200 on four tickets for tomorrow night's fight between Anthony Crolla and Darleys Perez at the same venue as he was confused by the Manchester Arena website.
Fans who were lucky enough to snap up tickets are in for a memorable night.
Speaking at the Press conference earlier in the week, Frampton said: "I have to say that I have the best fans in the world. I could never have imagined when I started out that it would get as big as this and I feel very honoured and privileged to have the support that I do - we'll be taking over Manchester come February 27."
Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan added: "We will have the most support on February 27, it will feel like Belfast, and if he (Quigg) thinks it will not be then he's deluding himself - he doesn't have the support that Carl has. When we walk in there on February 27 it will feel like we're boxing in the SSE Arena."