Boxing News At Five | Sep 05 2018

Boxing News at Five: Santa Cruz is “positive” Frampton rubber match happens in 2019, and Joyce fights Kiladze in California

Leo Santa Cruz declares interest in Carl Frampton rubber match, and Joe Joyce announces his opponent for September 30 US debut
Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz fight time
Frampton and Santa Cruz  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

Leo Santa Cruz opening the door to a potential rubber match with Carl Frampton will be music to the ears of the Irishman eager to make it 2-1 in the series.

Frampton, set to fight Josh Warrington for the IBF featherweight title before the end of the year, has long been haunted by that January 2017 defeat to Santa Cruz – his only one as a pro – and has made no bones about his desire to settle the argument in 2019.

Back in June, Frampton told Boxing News: “It’s the fight I want more than any other. It’s one each at the moment and it makes sense for us to have a third one.