Confusion as Cyclone change policy on Carl Frampton tickets


There has been a change to the refund policy for Carl Frampton‘s cancelled homecoming fight.

‘The Jackal’ was due to box Andres Gutierrez at the SSE Odyssey Arena last Saturday but the fight was cancelled 24 hours beforehand due to a freak injury suffered by the Mexican.

Yesterday, Cyclone Promotions announced that refunds on tickets for the bill are now available through the original point of purchase.

The McGuigan-run outfit however stressed that they were in talks with Team Gutierrez to refix the fight for the near future, with ‘Jaguarcito’ noting a potential November return. Tickets bought for the postponed July 29th clash would be valid for the refixed date, confirmed Cyclone.

Frampton himself does not seem particularly keen on a Gutierrez fight next. At 30 years old, with not long left in the sport, the Ulster man wants to jump straight back into a world title fight.

With uncertainty surrounding who Frampton will fight next, Cyclone stated yesterday that retained tickets would “only be valid for the Gutierrez rescheduled fight.”

However, today they have completely reversed this position and told fans that “tickets will be valid for the next Frampton fight, whether his opponent be Gutierrez or a new opponent.” [emphasis added].

Clarifying, they added that “these tickets are valid for a rescheduled Frampton fight at the SSE Arena Belfast.”

The confusion is, of course, undesirable. With some believing a Gutierrez fight unlikely, tickets were returned for refund yesterday.

The change may prove to be a non-issue however. As has been stated dozens of times over the past few years, the Odyssey is too small a venue to host big name opponents. Windsor Park was floated as the initial venue for a Frampton homecoming against either Leo Santa Cruz or Lee Selby, while the Selby fight has now been mooted for one of the bigger arenas in Britain later this year

Going by this outlook, retained tickets would only be for a Gutierrez fight or a similar opponent that is not a ‘big name’ – two options which Frampton himself would prefer not to take.

Refunds remain available from the original point of purchase.

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