World champion boxer Carl Frampton (23-0) won more than money or fame when he went up in weight to fight Leon Santa Cruz on July 2016. By Majority Decision, he claimed the WBA Super Featherweight title to become the first ever boxer from Ireland to have held world titles in two weight classes.
Boxing news lifted Carl Frampton, full of accolades, to legendary status. He’s regarded as the best boxer ever to come out of Ireland. And since he won against Leo Santa Cruz he’s shown the grace and courage of a king, not reneging from giving the former champion a rematch.
According to a report by BBC Santa Cruz’ Carl Frampton rematch will take place in Las Vegas on January 28th.
When the Carl Frampton rematch was initially announced, boxing news said Belfast was considered a possible venue, in the current champion’s hometown. It will be the first time he’ll be fighting in Las Vegas, and with the championship level that he’s in now, it doesn’t matter much where the fight should be held.
A Carl Frampton rematch or any bout he’d be in would intrigue fans wherever it may be.
One fighter who’s willing to take that challenge anytime, anywhere, is WBO Super Bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire. He’s been looking to fight Carl Frampton for some time now, according to boxing news, but he’s slated to fight Jessie Magdaleno next, as part of the Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas card.
Jessie Magdaleno is undefeated at (23-0) but Nonito Donaire is teeming with confidence that this is a match he will win. Once he’s done with Jessie Magdaleno, he’s made it clear once again that he wants to face the winner of the Carl Frampton rematches with Leo Santa Cruz.
“The truth is that if I win on Nov. 5th, the next thing I want to do is going against Leo Santa Cru or Carl Frampton. I’m a warrior and I want the big fights. Expect me in big fights at 126 lbs.” Nonito Donaire said according to Boxing Scene.
“This Nov. 5th you will see a new era, that is what Ismael Salas has given me. They will see a different Nonito Donaire, with a very strong mentality from this point moving forward.”
Carl Frampton went into the first fight with Leo Santa Cruz as an underdog, but this time it will be the other way around.
“It’s a dream come true for me to be headlining in Las Vegas, where some of the biggest fights of all time have taken place.”
“I’ve learnt a lot from our first fight. Leo is a warrior, but I’m going to win even more convincingly the second time around.” Carl Frampton said.
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