It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since we saw Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz inside of the same ring together. Facing off on Jan. 28, 2017, inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., the two men waged a memorable rematch to their first fight (a bout won by Frampton in July 2016) yet this time around it was Santa Cruz edging things out after 12 rounds.
It was a loss that Frampton took very personally, his only defeat to date, dropping him to 24-1 with 14 knockouts. Ever since, all you heard from Frampton was his desire to avenge that defeat in a trilogy with his friendly Mexican rival.
Frampton has since stayed active defeating Horacio Garcia in November, while also preparing to face off with former multi-division champion Nonito Donaire on April 21.
Still, it seems to be the Santa Cruz rematch that is on his mind.
“Potentially, who knows what will happen?” Frampton said recently in an interview with RingNews24.com. “You know what; I’m the one who’s being vocal about it. I’m the one who wants to make that fight happen.”
Santa Cruz, of course, has his own matters to handle as he will be engaging in another rematch, this one with Abner Mares, on June 9. And that’s probably why Frampton feels Santa Cruz is being evasive, thus putting his hopes on a trilogy on the low end.
“Put the nail in the coffin with the trilogy but he’s not saying too much about it. I’m not really thinking about that. We’ve got a good team at the minute; they’ll get me big fights as long as I continue to win. If the Santa Cruz fight happens then I’ll be all over it.”
Frampton deserves credit for venturing away from the UK to face Santa Cruz in New York and Las Vegas. Frampton had hopes of Leo traveling to Belfast or the UK for a rubber match, but nothing has happened as of yet.
“I went to the States twice and he did say he’d come to Belfast or the UK,” said Frampton. “Yeah, that’s not going to happen. I don’t think he’s going to come to Belfast. It’s a little bit disappointing he isn’t a man of his word.”
“But if I have to travel anywhere in the world to settle a score I’m willing to do it,” Frampton added. “Even if he wants me to go to Las Vegas again, I’ll do it. The fans enjoyed their trip to Vegas this is me publicity stating: If he doesn’t want to come to Ireland or UK or Europe I’d happily go back to America to settle the score.”
Be sure to check out Frampton in action on April 21, and if he can win, perhaps that desired trilogy bout is just around the corner.
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