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Carl Frampton enjoys fan support at weigh-in, Santa Cruz is booed

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Photo courtesy of Showtime.

Photo courtesy of Showtime.

If there was any question who will be the fan-favorite on Saturday, it was likely answered at Friday’s weigh-in.

Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton enjoyed the lion’s share of the support when he took to the scales, weighing 125.5 pounds. Conversely, Leo Santa Cruz, who is defending his WBA featherweight title, was booed liberally by the crowd. Santa Cruz, who came in at 125.4, didn’t seem to mind and appeared more amused than anything.

He waved his hands, seemingly imploring the fans to boo louder when he was introduced. Frampton was poker-faced and business-like. There’s little bad blood between the two, and they shook hands after the ceremonial stare-down. Santa Cruz-Frampton headlines a Showtime (9 p.m. ET) triple-header at Barclays Center on Saturday.

Former two-division champ, Mikey Garcia, making his return after a more than two-year layoff because of promotional issues, tipped the scales at 138 pounds in the show’s co-feature. His opponent, former titleholder Elio Rojas also made weight at 139 pounds for their junior welterweight bout.

In the show’s opener, Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko both came in at 153.6 pounds for their IBF junior middleweight title eliminator. Former two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi weighed 146.5 pounds while opponent Gabriel Bracero tipped the scales at the contracted limit of 148 in a bout that will headline a Showtime Extreme telecast (7 p.m. ET). Tevin Farmer weighed 134.5 pounds and opponent Ivan Redkach came in at 135.2 pounds. In the first female title fight at Barclays Center, Amanda Serrano came in at 124.4 pounds and her opponent Calixta Salgado was at 125.6.