Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Frampton Keen for Cruz Final Showdown; BOXING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Frampton Keen for Cruz Final Showdown; BOXING

Article excerpt

CARL Frampton has called on Leo Santa Cruz to complete the trilogy with a final showdown in Belfast after losing his WBA featherweight title in Las Vegas.

Frampton was beaten for the first time in his career on a majority points decision at the MGM Grand as Santa Cruz regained the belt he lost to the Northern Irishman in July.

Santa Cruz is open to the idea of a decider and Frampton wants the fight in his backyard.

He said: "I hope so, I hope he is a man of his word and we can do it in Belfast.

"I have come to the States twice. We could do it four, five, six times. I hope we do it again.

"I am deeply disappointed but let's have a trilogy and have our names linked together forever and hopefully I can win 2-1."

One judge scored the contest at 114-114 but the other two gave it 115-113 in Santa Cruz's favour and the Mexican took a deserved victory.

It was a smart performance by Santa Cruz, who improved immeasurably from the first bout in New York last summer, and his tactics shocked Frampton. …

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