Frampton in talks over completion of trilogy with Santa Cruz


Carl Frampton has confirmed that he’s in talks with Leo Santa Cruz over a blockbuster third fight.

The Belfast boxer lost his unbeaten record and the WBA ‘super’ featherweight title after losing a majority decision to Santa Cruz last month in Las Vegas, after previously beaten the then unbeaten Mexican in New York in July after 12 rounds.

Both fights were thoroughly entertaining, and boxing fans around the world are relishing the prospect of 12 more rounds of thrilling boxing.

Santa Cruz produced an impressive performance in Vegas, and ‘The Jackal’ admitted 

The two boxers have a deep mutual respect for one another, and both were agreeable to a third bout immediately after the fight last month.

Frampton also revealed that his next fight will be in Belfast, whether his opponent is Santa Cruz or not.

“I tried to watch the fight with Leo Santa Cruz again but only got two rounds in when I had to turn it off,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

“It was too raw for me – it was just too annoying. I’ll let things settle down before I watch the whole fight…I don’t know when I’ll be able to watch it all again.

“My team are now working on the third fight, they’re in negotiations and whatever happens my next fight will be in Belfast.

“I’ve been on the road for a long time and my fans, many who can’t afford to travel, deserve the chance to see me fight at home.

“Leo Santa Cruz is a great guy, the two of us have shown each other respect in two great fights but I feel he will lose some respect if he doesn’t honour his word and fight me in Belfast this summer.”

Santa Cruz may honour his word given the respect between the fighters, but a fight in New York or Las Vegas might make more financial sense for the Mexican.

David Smith