Leo Santa Cruz (L) battles Carl Frampton (Amanda Armstrong/Combat Press)

Leo Santa Cruz Edges Carl Frampton, Setting Up Potential Rubber Match

On Saturday, Jan. 28, Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime hosted Frampton vs. Santa Cruz from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In the main event, Leo Santa Cruz avenged a previous loss to Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton. The victory, by narrow majority decision with scores of 115-113, 114-114 and 115-113, thrilled the 10,085 fans in attendance.


At the post-fight press conference a visibly upset Frampton and a humble, but yet satisfied Cruz, sat down with the press. Immediately Frampton opened the invite to the rubber match in his home town of Belfast. Repeatedly bringing up, “If Leo is a man of his word…” as a consistent reminder to Santa Cruz. But Frampton also stated that it was time to fight at home for his fans. He also warmly welcomed Santa Cruz to stay at his house. Although that won’t be happening for an official fight, Santa Cruz said he is open to travel to Belfast. Frampton was adamant about completing this trilogy right away, and had no interest in any other fight.

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