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November 29, 2016

Frampton ready for another war with Santa Cruz

Enzo Maccarinelli

by Shaun Brown

Carl Frampton's trainer Shane McGuigan is backing his man to beat Leo Santa Cruz "more emphatically" when they collide once again, on January 28 in Las Vegas.

At the Europa Hotel in Belfast today, the first press conference was held with all parties in attendance to talk about the highly anticipated rematch to what is one of 2016's fights of the year.

That July night at the Barclays Center in New York, it was Frampton who emerged victorious, becoming a two-weight world champion in the process when he beat Santa Cruz by a majority decision to win the WBA super world featherweight title.

"This is going to be a great fight again. I know Carl can perform better and he will win this one more emphatically," said Shane McGuigan.

"Carl performed great. Sometimes he got dragged into Leo's fight but that provided excitement."

Santa Cruz, who received a warm reception from Frampton's army of fans today, said: "Thank you for the great reception. It was a great fight the first time and I am looking forward to rematch. Maybe trilogy.

"I am prepared to win this rematch. I have thought about this fight since the first fight. I am ready to win my belt back.

"My last camp was affected by family issues with my dad's illness. I hope now with my dad in my full training camp I will win."

Frampton's win over Santa Cruz has capped off a spectacular 2016, after beating arch rival Scott Quigg in an IBF/WBA super bantamweight unification back in February, and the new WBA featherweight champion says that he is ready for another war with the Mexican.

"I am preparing for a war. He may change his game plan I don't know, but I will be prepared for a tough 12 rounds."

And 'The Jackal' is excited for his legions of fans as they prepare to take over Las Vegas on January 28.

"I can't wait for you fans to get out to Vegas. And I will do what I can to come home in the summer and fight in Belfast."