Frampton Wants Stoppage in Santa Cruz Rematch
Carl Frampton enjoyed his 12-round brawl with Leo Santa Cruz, but believes the upcoming rematch will be more one-sided. Speaking to the media in his hometown of Belfast ahead of the Jan. 28 bout, the featherweight champion wants to prove he is the better fighter.
“I enjoy being in fights like that so I did want the rematch,” Frampton said. “I want to prove to people that this wasn’t just a fluke. I’m going to do it more convincingly this time.”
Frampton (23-0) defeated Santa Cruz (32-1-1) by majority decision at the Barclays Center in New York this past July. While the fight was close, the Belfast boxer believes that a rematch will reveal that he has improved while Santa Cruz remains stagnant in the same patterns.
While Frampton is ready to go the distance again, he believes that the right sequences could present an opportunity to knock Santa Cruz out.
“I don’t think he’s going to be able to do anything different. He’s had 30-0dd fights and he does the same thing in every fight. I believe if I hit him hard clean and maybe plant the feet a bit more at times in the fight, I could get rid of him. But I’m preparing for 12 hard rounds.”
Santa Cruz disliked the first fight taking place in Brooklyn, where he felt the crowd was too much on the side of the Irish Frampton. The rematch will take place in Las Vegas, but Frampton believes he will still have the advantage when it comes to crowd support.
“We are bringing a hell of a lot of people out this time – more so than what went to New York. It’s a three-hour drive from where Leo Santa Cruz lives, but I believe my support will outnumber his in Vegas.”