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Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz: Mexican eyes revenge over Jackal

By David Kelly

Published 24/11/2016

Carl Frampton celebrates his win after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in the 12 round WBA Super featherweight championship bout at Barclays Center on July 30, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton celebrates his win after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in the 12 round WBA Super featherweight championship bout at Barclays Center on July 30, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton pictured with the WBA featherweight belt the morning after defeating Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton, right, throws a punch at Leo Santa Cruz during their WBA Super World Featherweight Championship fight at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Carl Frampton won via decision. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
Carl Frampton pictured with Rory McIlroy after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton holds up his championship belt after his WBA Super World Featherweight Championship fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Carl Frampton won via decision. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured with his children Carla and Rossa after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Shane McGuigan celebrates after Carl Frampton defeated Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured with Rory McIlroy after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry .
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Frank Lampard, Rory McIlroy and Michael O'Neill pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured with Barry McGuigan and Rory McIlroy after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Rory McIlroy with Christine Frampton after Carl Frampton defeated Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured with his daughter Carla after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured with his children Carla and Rossa after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Colin Murray pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton celebrates after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton, Barry McGuigan and Shane McGuigan after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton and Shane McGuigan celebrate after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton, Barry McGuigan and Shane McGuigan after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Barry McGuigan celebrates after Carl Frampton defeats Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Christine and Frank Lampard pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Steven Davidson, Rory McIlroy and Michael O'Neill pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Frank Lampard and Steven Davidson pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured with his daughter Carla after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Leo Santa Cruz says he is relishing the opportunity of winning back the WBA World featherweight title from Northern Ireland hero Carl Frampton.

Mexican Santa Cruz and Frampton served up a thriller in July in Brooklyn and the rematch is one of the most highly anticipated fights of 2017 with fans expecting another tight encounter.

 

Frampton is expecting a large contingent of fans to be making the trip to Las Vegas and they will be encouraged by the ticket prices just released.

Tickets for the January 28 clash go on sale next Tuesday (5.00pm UK time) from www.AXS.com and are priced at $504, $404, $304, $204, $104 and $54.

While the Jackal Army are expected to be out in force, Santa Cruz insists they will be heading home disappointed.

“From the moment our last fight ended, when the decision came and I lost the fight, I knew my only goal was to get my belt back,” said Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz said: "When I sat in the locker room afterwards, I felt more motivated than ever to get back in the gym. All I've thought about since the fight was this rematch. There won't be any distractions in this camp. I'll be heading into the fight with a better game plan.

"I'm putting in 100 per cent in training and I'm excited to get in the ring on January 28 to get my belt back."

Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans watch Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans watch Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans watch Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans watch Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans watch Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. Fans pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Carl Frampton is pictured with Minister for Communities, Paul Givan, First Minister Arlene Foster, Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Carl Frampton is pictured with Minister for Communities, Paul Givan, First Minister and Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Shane McGuigan and Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. Minister for Communities, Paul Givan and Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston with Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Carl Frampton is pictured with Minister for Communities, Paul Givan, First Minister Arlene Foster, Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. First Minister Arlene Foster and Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

Santa Cruz - who suffered the first defeat of his career at the hands of the Belfast man - has also said that he believes the decision in New York should have gone his way, something which Frampton totally refutes.

Now the two-weight World champion is aiming to repeat his performance and kick off 2017 with a real bang ahead of possibly two more big battles.

"The rematch is the fight we wanted," said Frampton. "I enjoyed our first fight in New York. The atmosphere was fantastic and the fight lived up to the hype.

"On January 28 I will be better and I will win more convincingly. I know the way Leo fights, he throws a lot of punches and he is brave, but his style suits me.

"It has always been a dream of mine to headline in Las Vegas and I cannot wait to get out there and put on a great performance for the American boxing fans and the travelling support from Ireland and the UK."

Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan has no doubt that the clash will also live up to all expectations second time around.

"I am looking forward to a terrific event in Las Vegas," said McGuigan.

"The first fight between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz was sensational and I truly believe that the rematch will be even better. I'm convinced that Carl will win the rematch more convincingly and beating someone like Leo Santa Cruz a second time will define Carl as a true great of Irish boxing."

Meanwhile, Irish star Katie Taylor says she's back in love with boxing and ready to begin a new chapter in her career as she makes her professional debut against Karina Kopinska at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday night.

People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for Tabu with special guest appearance by Carl Frampton. Saturday 13th August 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

After such a glittering amateur career, 2012 Olympic gold medallist Taylor now wants to rule the professional ranks.

Taylor said: "I've been in the amateur game for so long and in the last year or so things have changed and I felt that this was the right time to do it, so I've reassessed my goals. I want to become a professional World champion and I'm excited about starting that quest."

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