News | Oct 11 2016

Carl Frampton expected to rematch Leo Santa Cruz this year

Shane McGuigan confident Carl Frampton can knock out Leo Santa Cruz
Carl Frampton
Carl-Frampton  |  Amanda Westcott/Showtime

CARL FRAMPTON could potentially box before the end of the year, with a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz most likely being his next fight.

Frampton’s trainer Shane McGuigan said, “I think we’ve just got to wait for TV really and the venue. I think we’ll have some news soon. It’s looking more like it’s going to be a Santa Cruz rematch. I want that fight. I want him to fight Santa Cruz in a rematch but I don’t see Santa Cruz coming over here because he said Frampton had home advantage with the judges [even though they boxed in New York]. He’s from Belfast.”

Shane continued, “The whole build up [to the first fight] was strange. Everyone thought Dad [Barry McGuigan] was training him. ‘Who’s the kid? He must just be the conditioning dude.’ But it was nice. There was no pressure on Carl, there was no pressure on me in the build up. Obviously we knew we were in for hard fight. We knew what was ahead of us. But I’d been calling for Santa Cruz for a long time. I just think that sort of style of fight suits Carl.”