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Could Santa Cruz deny Frampton fans WBA featherweight triology in Belfast?

By Claire Williamson

Doubt has been cast over Carl Frampton's rematch with Leo Santa Cruz in Belfast.

The boxer lost his WBA featerweight belt to the Mexican fight on a points decision in Las Vegas last month.

The Belfast boxer immediately called him out again but this time for the Jackal's backyard.

Frampton was keen for this to happen after thousands of his travelling support made the journey to America to support him.

Speaking after the fight Northern Ireland hero Frampton gracefully said: “The best man won on the night. I’m gutted… we’ll have to do it again.

“He was very clever, he used his reach and he deserved it. I hope now he’ll come to Belfast for the third fight."

Speaking previously Santa Cruz said: "I'm prepared to go to Belfast for the third fight. It would be natural to have the third fight right away."

But now the 28-year-old has said his father and trainer Jose has warned him about going to fight in Belfast in front of Frampton's home crowd.

Santa Cruz says he will "if he says no, I wouldn't go there".

"My dad is scared that if I go over there, and even if I beat Carl Frampton, the people and the judges are going to be an influence," Santa Cruz told Villainfy Media.

"No matter if I beat him, he thinks that even if I beat him I'll have the victory taken away from me.

"My dad says not to go over there, because going over there would be a really bad decision and, you know, he is right and everything.

"But if I go over there and I get the win and beat him, for all the fans to see that I win, that's all that matters. Hopefully they see that I win and they give me that.

He added: "It's very important, he's my father, he's been there my whole life, my whole career.

"I always listen to my dad. If he says no, I wouldn't go there. I do whatever he tells me to do."

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