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Carl Frampton vows he's a safe bet to knock out Leo Santa Cruz in New York

By Claire Williamson

Published 27/07/2016

Carl Frampton was the VIP guest of the New York Mets ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. He had a tour of Citi Field and met players before being presented with a Jersey on the field of play.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton was the VIP guest of the New York Mets ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. He had a tour of Citi Field and met players before being presented with a Jersey on the field of play. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton was the VIP guest of the New York Mets ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. He had a tour of Citi Field and met players before being presented with a Jersey on the field of play. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton was the VIP guest of the New York Mets ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. He had a tour of Citi Field where Carl, Shane and Barry McGuigan met Mets first baseman James Loney before being presented with a Jersey on the field of play. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Church Street Boxing Club in New York ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton was the VIP guest of the New York Mets ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. He had a tour of Citi Field and met players before being presented with a Jersey on the field of play. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton was the VIP guest of the New York Mets ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. He had a tour of Citi Field and met Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz before being presented with a Jersey on the field of play. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Church Street Boxing Club in New York ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton was the VIP guest of the New York Mets ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. He had a tour of Citi Field and met players before being presented with a Jersey on the field of play. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz arrives for training at Church Street Boxing Club in New York ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Carl Frampton at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton was the VIP guest of the New York Mets ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. He had a tour of Citi Field and met Mets first baseman James Loney before being presented with a Jersey on the field of play. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton was the VIP guest of the New York Mets ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. He had a tour of Citi Field and met players before being presented with a Jersey on the field of play. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Church Street Boxing Club in New York ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Church Street Boxing Club in New York ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Leo Santa Cruz arrives for training at Church Street Boxing Club in New York ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Carl Frampton at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Church Street Boxing Club in New York ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Barry McGuigan watches Carl Frampton training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton pictured training at Champs Gym in New Rochelle, USA ahead of his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

How confident is Carl Frampton that he is going to knock out Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday? He says you can bet your house on it.

The undefeated fighters will clash this weekend at the Barclays Center in New York - where someone will lose their perfect record.

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Belfast's Frampton with a record of of 22 wins and 14 KOs, has vacated his Super-Bantamweight World Titles to make the move up to the 126-pound division where he will challenge Mexican star Santa Cruz (32 wins and 18 KOs), for the WBA Super World Featherweight Championship.

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 titles after he outpointed Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in February.

With just days to go to the showdown on Saturday July 30, he answered questions from fans on Twitter with Showtime Boxing.

And he gave a short and sweet answer when he was asked: "The bookies have you at 9/2 to win by KO. Worth a punt?"


The Belfast boxer also revealed he hopes to have another fight in 2016 in Belfast.

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