Carl Frampton, the new World Boxing Association featherweight champion, says he wants to fight Leo Santa Cruz in a rematch before Christmas in December. The rematch won’t be taking place in Los Angeles, which is where Santa Cruz was asking for the rematch to take place. Frampton has no choice but to give Santa Cruz a second fight, because his management was wise enough to include a rematch clause in the contract for their recent fight that took place last July.
Santa Cruz fought well enough to deserve a draw, narrow win or narrow lost, but he didn’t deserve to lose by the scores of 116-112, 117-111 and 114-114.
Frampton won the fight by a 12 round majority decision in a fight that looked to be pretty even at the end. Santa Cruz said afterwards that he felt that the judges may have been influenced by the pro-Frampton crowd that turned out for the fight. Despite Frampton being the visiting fighter from Northern Ireland, he had most of the fan support, which isn’t surprising beause of New York having a large Irish community.
“It looks like there is going to be a rematch and I am happy about that,” Frampton said to skysports.com. “But it’s potentially going to be my next fight. I’d like to get out before the end of the year, in December. I just want the Christmas off but there are no injuries, Santa Cruz hasn’t got any, nor have I, so why not?”
If not for the rematch clause, we would almost surely see Frampton move on and look to fight a unification fight against IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby. He’s not a big name in the United States, but he’s well known in the UK because that’s where he’s from.
Santa Cruz’s dad Jose felt that he didn’t lose the fight. He watched it from Santa Cruz’s corner and he believes that they should have won the fight. It was a case of Santa Cruz using the wrong battle tactics by not fighting hard enough in the first six rounds of the contest.
“I feel like I won it and I do feel I can win a rematch more convincingly – if I box with my head a bit more than my heart,” said Frampton. “Hopefully we will bring it to Belfast but it might be New York again, or Las Vegas. One thing for sure is it’s not going to be in Los Angeles where he wants it, because I am the champion.”
It’s interesting that Frampton is totally against the idea of fighting in Santa Cruz’s preferred location in fighting in Los Angeles, because Santa Cruz was the champion when he deferred to Frampton’s management to fight in New York for their recent fight. Santa Cruz was the champion and Frampton the challenger. I guess it was okay for Santa Cruz to be stuck in the role of the visiting fighter but it’s not okay for Frampton to be in a similar role.
There are a lot of boxing fans in Belfast, Northern Ireland that would be very interested in seeing a rematch between Frampton and Santa Cruz. The fans would like to see Frampton have better results in a rematch so that he can win in a more convincing fashion than he did last time.