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Frampton v Santa Cruz: Jackal is a number one hit in the UK, says Carl Froch

By David Kelly

Former World super-middleweight champion Carl Froch says in the current golden age for British boxing the man who currently shines as the outstanding nugget is Carl Framptron.

The British list of world champions includes top men such as heavyweight Anthony Joshua, super-middleweight James DeGale and bantamweight Jamie McDonnell but for Froch, WBA World featherweight title holder Frampton is the number one in the UK.

"Well when you look at it, Anthony Joshua at heavyweight is difficult to assess because of the level of opposition he's been in against. He's earning good money, he's on Sky box office.

"I'm also impressed with Lee Selby… James DeGale has probably dropped down the rankings a bit after he struggled against Badou Jack a couple of weeks ago so I would say that Carl has to be the best," said Froch, speaking exclusively to the Belfast Telegraph.

Froch is here in Vegas working for Sky television who will screen Frampton-Santa Cruz II in the early hours of tomorrow morning, UK time, along with Selby's defence of the IBF World featherweight title. The former super-middle king is hoping to see the Jackal and Selby triumph to set up an all-British World title unification showdown.

"I'm not saying Selby beats Frampton but that it is a 50-50 fight and a fight that I hope I see on British soil," he said.

Tonight Frampton seeks to rubber stamp his authority over Leo Santa Cruz with opinion divided on the outcome. Froch, though, has no doubts.

"It's going to be another 12 round barnstormer. It's going to be close, it's going to be action-packed and it might be more exciting early on this time. But I just think that Frampton is too good for him," added Froch.

"Every time Carl fights he does something that little bit different, that little bit better... he's learning with every fight.

"He's got Barry McGuigan in his ear all the time, a legend - a man who knows everything about boxing. Frampton is his protege and every time he fights he gets better.

"There's no danger for me of Frampton losing this."

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