Carl Frampton will be facing Leo Santa Cruz on July 30th for the WBA featherweight title in New York. He challenged Santa Cruz at super bantamweight, but time has made the bout more intriguing at a higher division.
Carl Frampton is deemed an underdog in the match, but that is where he draws his strength, former world champion Ricky Hatton believes. And if he wins on Saturday night he is more likely to win something more than just the title, fame, or the money.
He’s always wanted to fight for history. He wants to be a legend.
If he beats Leo Santa Cruz from Mexico he shall have become Northern Ireland’s first two-weight world champion, and it’s been his long-term goal to be the best.
It’s going to be really important for Frampton, for Irish sport, and his manager Barry McGuigan reckons he could indeed be the best Irish fighter there has ever been.
Saturday night’s match is also very important for his trainer, Shane McGuigan who intends for the tandem to bring back the title once held by his father 30 years ago.
Despite the utmost significance of the bout, McGuigan and Carl Frampton want to approach the fight intelligently, and not let their emotions rule. In an interview with Belfast Telegraph Shane McGuigan said:
“We’re not allowing emotion to get in the way of what we’re here to do and that’s win a big fight but it would be a special moment to win back dad’s belt. It’s 30 years on against a guy called Cruz, it’s funny how fate can make things like this happen.”
Carl Frampton is undefeated in twenty-two fights. He had a notable fight against American boxer Mark Avalos last year, and he won a massive match up on February against long-awaited rival Scott Quigg.
Leo Santa Cruz has physical advantages coming in. He is taller by 2 inches with a 7-inch reach advantage that could eventually be the crux of the fight. But Frampton is a relentless fighter, and he is hard to break. He will be overlooking his unfavorable circumstances to focus on history, which is always gory.
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