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 Last update:  3/12/2014       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Leo Santa Cruz Confident He Can Finish Frampton Off
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WBC world super-bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz has set his sights on Belfast's unbeaten Carl Frampton after impressively defending his title last weekend.

The Mexican sensation was too good for Cristian Mijares in Las Vegas as he won emphatically on points, and if 27-year-old Frampton (17-0 12KOs) can see off Hugo Cazares at the Odyssey Arena on April 4 then a meeting between the two super-bantamweights is on the cards.

"Carl's been saying he wants to fight me and I've seen him in a couple of fights," two-weight champion Santa Cruz told BoxNation.

"He's a great fighter, undefeated, he comes forward like me and throws parallel punches and pressures a lot. So I think it would make a really great fight for the fans.

"If he wins [against Cazares], it could be the next fight which happens. He's in an eliminator to fight me in his fight, so if our managers can work out something I think it can definitely happen next."

Santa Cruz (27-0-1 15KOs) has taken notice of Frampton as he has blitzed his way past a host of top line contenders in recent outings.

It is this exciting and crowd-pleasing style which Santa Cruz, 25, believes could make for an instant classic when the pair finally square-off in the ring, though he is not expecting it to last the full 12 rounds.

"I come forward; he comes forward, so there will be no running. I think it will be a fight where we are both in the middle of the ring, giving a war and I think neither of us is going to want to go back," he said.

"It could be 'Fight of the Year'. I don't think the fight would go the distance; it could finish before the 12 rounds the way that we will fight.

"I think he [Frampton] comes forward well, and is strong, always pressuring. But I think he drops his hands too much - I think that's one of the mistakes he does. I could catch him or I could work the body and finish him right there."

Frampton's popularity in Northern Ireland has seen him sell out arena-after-arena in his last few fights and Santa Cruz is open to crossing the Atlantic, possibly as early as this September.

"It doesn't matter to me where I fight him. It's up to wherever my manager and promoter think the best place is," he said.

"I'll fight him wherever. If they want me to fight him in Ireland, I'll come over and fight him in Ireland. If they want me to fight him here [United States], I'll fight him here. Wherever they make the fight I'm willing to battle him.

"I think the fight is likely for between September-November around those months. After this fight [against Mijares] I'll take a little break and get ready for those months because it's a big fight, so we have to have a little more time to get ready for it."

Tags: Leo Santa Cruz , Carl Frampton



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comment by JackTheLad, on 03-13-2014
I've said it time and time again, Frampton eats Cruz for breakfast without a shadow of a doubt. Frampton can box well, and we all saw how Cruz delt with that boxer on Saturday, and he would get the better of Cruz in the exchanges. So in conclusion, no way does he knock Frampton out, more like the...

comment by Box-Office, on 03-13-2014
Frampton has been built quite well and is being managed quite well. Cruz is just on another level and will beat Frampton, but I like Frampton so id pull for him though if it happened.

comment by mex602, on 03-13-2014
[QUOTE=PRchamp]Hopefully we can get Santa Cruz vs Rigondeaux after both fighters win their next fight. Most likely the fight will be at 122 but it won't surprise me if Santa Cruz moves up to 126 not because he's scared of Rigo but because he outgrew the weight class. Rigondeaux should try to win...

comment by mex602, on 03-13-2014
[QUOTE=racostaa]And then Rigo?. Rigo said he doub Santa cruz really will fight. This generation of mexicans champions are a disgrace and a duckers[/QUOTE] and your fighters run in the ring but outside are twitter warriors

comment by richardt, on 03-12-2014
The title assumes Frampton was "ready to go" in order for LSC to finish him off.

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