By Miguel Rivera
Although the promoter of Carl Frampton has denied it, Leo Santa Cruz and his handlers insist there in an immediate rematch clause in their fight contract. A source with knowledge of the bout agreement also advised BoxingScene.com that a rematch clause does exist.
This past Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Frampton unanimously outpointed previously undefeated Santa Cruz to capture the WBA super featherweight title. Frampton, from Northern Ireland, improved to 23-0. Santa Cruz, from Mexico, dropped to 32-1-1.
Judges Frank Lombardi and Tom Shreck gave him the fight with 116-112 and 117-111 scores. The third judge, Guido Cavalleri, had it 114-114.
After the fight was over, McGuigan insisted that a rematch clause did not exist and their team began discussing possibilities for the future - like a unification with their domestic rival Lee Selby, who was ringside on Saturday and holds the IBF's featherweight world title.
Jose Santa Cruz, father and trainer of Leo, said they are going to speak with Al Haymon - adviser to both Santa Cruz and Frampton - and request an immediate rematch in November, in Los Angeles or Las Vegas.
"My son spoke with Mr. Al Haymon at the end of the the event and he said that there is a rematch clause. Of course we want to direct rematch, but now we could do in Los Angeles or Las Vegas,in about three more months in November. I'll tell you this - I did not see my son lose. If I had seen him lose I would have said it, so we want a rematch," Jose Santa Cruz told ESPN Deportes.
"A lot of people have told me that they saw Leo win. I think the judges should have rewarded the most offensive fighter. If Frampton connected with two, then my son landed three. I do not like making excuses, maybe they did beat us but I'm positive that Leo will have the title back."