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Frampton v Santa Cruz - Carl makes history to become WBA featherweight champion

Frampton: Beating Santa Cruz will make me a global star

By David Kelly

Published 31/07/2016

Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Center, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. Picture William Cherry Presseye
Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Center, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night. Picture William Cherry Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Barry McGuigan meets Carl Frampton fans at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Barry McGuigan meets Carl Frampton fans at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Barry McGuigan meets Carl Frampton fans at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton fans at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton fans at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton fans at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton fans at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton parents Craig and Flo pictured with NYPD officers at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Christine Frampton with her daughter Carla and Carl's mum Flo at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Christine Frampton with her daughter Carla at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Christine Frampton with her daughter Carla at the weigh-in at the Barclays CenterÕs Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton fans at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry The Barclay Centre arena in Brooklyn where the WBA World title bout between Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton will be held on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry The Barclay Centre arena in Brooklyn where the WBA World title bout between Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton will be held on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton go head to head after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton go head to head after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton go head to head after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton go head to head after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton go head to head after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton go head to head after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Carl Frampton at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton go head to head after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton go head to head after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Carl Frampton at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton meets fans after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz at the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Carl Frampton at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton meets fans after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton meets fans after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton meets fans after the weigh-in at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino ahead of the WBA World title bout against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night.
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

Carl Frampton has made history by beating Leo Santa Cruz in New York for the WBA world featherweight title in New York.

Frampton says he is ready to make history and become a global superstar with victory over Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York.

Former IBF/WBA super-bantamweight king Frampton can become the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world titles at two different weights by dethroning WBA World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in a mouth-watering showdown.

"I think that this is going to be the defining fight of my career," said Frampton who is seen by many Stateside as the underdog against the three weight world champion.

"This is the one to make history and makes me the first ever Northern Irishman to win world titles at two different weights. You get rid of this guy who is a three weight world champion, the fights are huge.

"From here on in until the end of your career, every fight is a big fight, and I've been lucky enough to be involved in some massive fights.

"But this is the one that's going to take me from being a big enough name to a massive name.

"People that are involved in boxing in the States will know who I am, but the average guy, sports guy, doesn't really know who I am yet. But I want to change that.

"I want to become a big name out here in the States, especially on the East Coast, and I believe that I've got the platform now to do that, and if I beat Santa Cruz then people will take notice."

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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

Frampton added: "It's getting a lot of exposure worldwide. And this is the one that makes me a superstar, I think."

While the Jackal naturally expects the toughest night of his exciting career, the 29-year-old Belfast man is convinced that his concussive punching - which shattered Scott Quigg's jaw during their February clash - will be the decisive factor.

"It's going to be a tough fight. I think that my distance control will play a big part in it... it's about getting his respect early in the fight," he said.

"I think that I have to hit him hard and hurt him in the first or second round to make him respect me.

"I think that when I start nailing him clean he won't be as willing to come forward and engage as he has been in previous fights," he added.

"But that's what I intend to do," said Frampton.

Carl Frampton on the threshold of a new level of greatness  

"Look, Santa Cruz is a type of fighter I've been craving my whole career, someone who comes forward and throws punches, that's what I feel that my style works best against," he explained.

"And I think that you're going to see my best ever performance here on Saturday night.

"I think that I can definitely punch faster.

"I have better feet than him. I think the main, the big, difference here will be how hard I punch, and it's all well and good coming forward and throwing a lot of punches when you are getting hit by guys who aren't big punchers.

"But when you've got a big puncher standing in front of you, you won't be as keen to come forward, and I think that that might be the case," said Frampton.

"I'm preparing for Santa Cruz to come all night and throw a hundred punches a round.

"But I promise you when I start hitting him hard, he'll think twice about coming in," he said.

"We've got a plan, we believe that plan A will work.

"But if it doesn't, you have different dimensions in the game. I can adapt mid-fight if I have to and just do whatever it takes to get the win."

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