Cyclone confirm there wont be a Frampton Fan Zone in Belfast City on Saturday


There will be no big screen and fan zone in Belfast City Centre this Saturday for Carl Frampton’s big homecoming.

‘The Jackal’ faces Andres Gutierrez in a WBC featherweight title eliminator at the SSE Odyssey Arena at the weekend after four fights and two and a half years on the road.

Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] and Cyclone Promotions had hoped to fight at Windsor Park, but saw this plan shelved due to the ongoing UEFA Women’s Under-19s championships which are using the football stadium, as well as the Ravenhill rugby ground which was also considered.

As the Odyssey can facilitate less than half of the fans that Windsor could have, Cyclone Promotions revealed last month that they would investigate the possibility of setting up an open-air Frampton fan zone with a jumbo screen to show the fight for the thousands of members of ‘The Jackal Army’ that missed out.

Alas, this has proved fruitless, with Blain McGuigan informing Irish-Boxing.com today, with regret, that there will be no official fanzone in Belfast.

The Cyclone promoter pointed to difficulties obtaining permission from Belfast City Centre before noting that the fight will still be widely available to ticketless fans as it is being screened live on UK terrestrial television via Channel 5, with the undercard being shown on Spike TV.

Numerous pubs and venues in the Belfast area plan to show the fight on big screens.

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