WBA Super World featherweight champion Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) says he’s going to beat Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) in their rematch on January 28 and then move on to other fights. Frampton notes that Santa Cruz has been talking about wanting to beat him and force a third fight in Northern Ireland, but he’s now going to let that happen because he feels he’s going to get the nod over him in their rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing. Frampton beat Santa Cruz by a 12 round majority decision last July. It was something of a controversial decision though, as Santa Cruz got the better of Frampton in the last six rounds of the fight, and appeared to win most if not all of those rounds.
You can blame the questionable scoring on the large crowd of boxing fans that showed up for the fight, most of them being fans of Frampton. It didn’t make sense for a fighter from Northern Ireland having the fans on his side compared to the American fighter Santa Cruz. Frampton brought a lot of his Irish fans over from Ireland, and New York has a large population of people of Irish descent.
Frampton said this to Fightnews.com about his plans on beating Santa Cruz to end their rivalry at two fights rather than losing to him and having to fight him a third time:
“Leo is closer to home. You can drive from LA to Vegas but I am bringing people from the UK and Ireland,” said Frampton. “I am hoping the East Coast fans come and support. I am expecting to bring at least 4,000 fans to Vegas,” Frampton said. “He is talking about bringing the third fight in Belfast if he wins this fight but it’s my job to make it 2-0 and move on.”
Frampton wants to fight IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby in 2017 in the UK, because it would be a big fight over there. Frampton then is talking about wanting to move up to super featherweight to win a world title in that division or at least try to. There’s some easy marks in that weight class that Frampton could face to win a world title.
Frampton could show some courage and take on WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko when he moves up, but that might prove to be a little too ambitious for him. Lomachenko is for real, and he’d likely beat the brakes off Frampton.
There’s a lot of boxing fans who believe that Santa Cruz was robbed in the first fight against Frampton. They feel that the judges were influenced by the loud pro-Frampton crowd. This time it’s going to be different with a lot of the fans cheering for Santa Cruz on January 28. The better man will win this time. Santa Cruz is going to be putting a lot of pressure on Frampton from the first round of the fight, and it’s unclear whether he can that type of fight.