Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) is ready to prove his many doubters wrong in his rematch against WBA featherweight champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) on January 28. There are few people who believe Santa Cruz as being able to avenge his loss to Frampton. They see it as a similar outcome as the last time they fought.
Being the underdog in the fight motivates Santa Cruz, because he wants to show the fans are wrong about him not being good enough. This time he plans on proving to them that he’s the better fighter by going out and dominating Frampton for 11 rounds, and possibly even stopping him inside the distance. A win over Frampton would be much now that Ring Magazine has named him the 2016 Fighter of the Year.
Santa Cruz lost to Frampton six months ago by a 12 round majority decision in New York. With the boxing fans firmly behind Frampton at the Barlcays Center, Santa Cruz had little chance to win any of the close rounds, and there were many. The judges scored all the cloe rounds to Frampton, and that ruined any chances of Santa Cruz winning the fight.
The Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz rematch will be taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I have the loss in my head. I don’t just want to do it for myself. I want to do it for everyone who has doubted me. Once I prove them wrong and win this fight, then I’ll be proud of myself,” said Santa Cruz to skysports.com. “I’m going to fight like this is for my first world title. I’m going in there as a nobody and I’m going to go make a name for myself. I’m coming with that kind of hunger.”
That would certainly be impressive if the 28-year-old Santa Cruz can beat Frampton in the rematch to avenge his loss, and to become the first guy to ever beat the Irish fighter. But more importantly, it would be a big in due to all the doubters out there in the boxing world, who don’t see Santa Cruz as having nearly enough talent to do the job against Frampton.
“I’m going to show everyone what I’ve been working on. I want to prove that I’m better than Carl Frampton. If everything works out, we’ll get the victory,” said Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz might have beaten Frampton the last time they fought if he had fought harder in the first six rounds of the fight. Santa Cruz fought on the outside instead of in close, and this enabled Frampton to get the better of him with his hand speed and his quick attacking style.