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Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz: Confident Carl jets off to New York ahead of WBA featherweight clash

'Next time I'm on a flight I'll be bringing a shiny new belt back home to Belfast'

By Claire Williamson

Published 04/07/2016

People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the Botanic Inn to watch Carl Frampton beat Scott Quigg. Sat 27th Feb 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Carl Frampton is on his way to America as the countdown gets underway for his New York showdown with Leo Santa Cruz.

It is just under one month until the Belfast boxer's clash with Mexican Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn on July 30.

The Jackal's Army are expected to jet out to the Big Apple in their droves to see the WBA featherweight title bout.

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The 29-year-old Belfast man officially relinquished his IBF World super-bantamweight belt in order to challenge Santa Cruz, who is already a three-weight World champion.

Should the Jackal triumph he would become the first Northern Ireland fighter to win World titles at two different weights - having become the first Irish boxer to unify World titles after he outpointed Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in February.

Carl Frampton celebrates defeating Scott Quigg in Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Carl Frampton celebrates defeating Scott Quigg in Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Carl Frampton will be honoured by Belfast City Council as the City Hall is illuminated in green and white on Sunday evening.
Carl Frampton celebrates defeating Scott Quigg in Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Carl Frampton celebrates defeating Scott Quigg in Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Carl Frampton celebrates defeating Scott Quigg in Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Scott Quigg is lifted up into the air by trainer Joe Gallagher after his IBF & WBA World Super-Bantamweight Championship bout against Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena
Carl Frampton during Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Carl Frampton (R) connects with a punch on Scott Quigg during their World Super-Bantamweight title contest at Manchester Arena on February 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton (left) and Scott Quigg during their IBF & WBA World Super-Bantamweight Championship bout at Manchester Arena.
Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg during Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Carl Frampton (left) and Scott Quigg during their IBF & WBA World Super-Bantamweight Championship bout at Manchester Arena.
Carl Frampton (right) and Scott Quigg during their IBF & WBA World Super-Bantamweight Championship bout at Manchester Arena.
Carl Frampton salutes the crowd prior to the World Super-Bantamweight title contest against Scott Quigg at Manchester Arena on February 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Actor James Nesbitt, former jockey Sir Tony McCoy and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill watch the action at Manchester Arena.
Scott Quigg enters the ring prior to the World Super-Bantamweight title contest against Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on February 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton (centre) in the ring before his IBF & WBA World Super-Bantamweight Championship bout against Scott Quigg at Manchester Arena.
Scott Quigg (centre) in the ring before his IBF & WBA World Super-Bantamweight Championship bout against Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill pictured at the Manchester Arena as they prepare to watch Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg during Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash.
Gavin McDonnell (left) knocks down Jorge Sanchez during their Vacant WBC Silver & Eliminator Super-Bantamweight Championship bout at Manchester Arena.
Actor James Nesbitt arrives at the Manchester Arena wearing a Northern Ireland shirt to watch the World Super-Bantamweight Title Fight between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg at Manchester Arena on February 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Ryan Burnett from Belfast with Anthony Settoul from France during their Vacant WBC International Bantamweight Championship contest on the undercard of the Frampton Quigg World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Paddy Barnes pictured at the Manchester Arena as they prepare to watch Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg during Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash.
Ryan Burnett hits Anthony Settoul with a right on his way to victory in the Vacant WBC International Bantamweight Championship at Manchester Arena on February 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury watches the action at Manchester Arena.
Tony McCoy watches the Ryan Burnett v Anthony Settoul fight from ringside at Manchester Arena on February 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Marc McCulough, from Belfast, is defeated by Isaac Lowe from Morecambe after his corner threw in the towel during their Vacant Commonwealth Featherweight Championship contest on the undercard of the Frampton Quigg World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Marc McCulough from Belfast is defeated by Isaac Lowe from Morecambe after his corner threw in the towel during their Vacant Commonwealth Featherweight Championship contest on the undercard of the Frampton Quigg World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Barry McGuiggan pictured at the Manchester Arena as they prepare to watch Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg during Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash.
Hosea Burton knocks down Miles Shinkwin during his victory in the Vacant British Light-Heavyweight Championship at Manchester Arena on February 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Carl Froch pictured at the Manchester Arena as they prepare to watch Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg during Saturday nights World Super-Bantamweight unification clash.
Josh Taylor knocks down and stops Lyes Chaibi during his victory in the Super-Lightweight Contest at Manchester Arena on February 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton's father Craig pictured at the Manchester Arena
Charlie Edwards from Epsom defeats Luke Wilton during their Vacant WBC International Silver Flyweight Championship contest on the undercard of the Frampton Quigg World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Luke Wilton from Belfast and Charlie Edwards from Epsom during their Vacant WBC International Silver Flyweight Championship contest on the undercard of the Frampton Quigg World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Luke Wilton from Belfast and Charlie Edwards from Epsom during their Vacant WBC International Silver Flyweight Championship contest on the undercard of the Frampton Quigg World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
David Teymur of Sweden celebrates his victory over Martin Svensson of Sweden in the Lightweight Bout during the UFC Fight Night at The O2 Arena on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
David Teymur of Sweden celebrates his victory over Martin Svensson of Sweden in the Lightweight Bout during the UFC Fight Night at The O2 Arena on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton during the weigh-in ahead of his fight against Scott Quigg in the World Super-Bantamweight unification fight, at Manchester Arena.
Carl Frampton takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre
Happy at his work: Scott Quigg at last night’s public work-out at the Trafford Centre in Manchester
Raring to go: Carl Frampton and his coach Shane McGuigan take part in a public work-out at the Trafford Centre in Manchester last night
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Carl Frampton takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Carl Frampton takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Scott Quigg takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Carl Frampton takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton poses during a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Scott Quigg poses during a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Scott Quigg takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Frampton tweeted a picture as he jetted off from Dublin airport.

He said: "The next time I'm on a flight I'll be bringing a shiny new belt back home to Belfast. #AndTheNew #2WeightWorldChamp"



Speaking to ESPN as he headed off to the states Frampton vowed he won't make the same "mistakes" as his last fight in America where he was floored twice in the first round by Alejandro Gonzalez Jr before going on to beat him on points.

Frampton told ESPN: "I need to show the American crowd what I'm capable of.

"I'm better than that, I'm a better fighter than I looked in the first round when Gonzalez put me down twice. It was disastrous but I came back and boxed quite well after that and won on points comfortably.

"That was me at 70 percent and I really need to be at my best to beat Santa Cruz because he's the best fighter I've come up against."

With just weeks to go before the fight Frampton's opponent has unleashed fighting talk ahead of the clash.

He told Behind The Gloves: "I am going to go 100% ready and hopefully not leave it to the judges and I'm going to hopefully knock him out or if not win with a clear decision.

He added: "I'm going to bring the fight. Stay on top of him and chase him. I'm going to make him fight. "

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