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Frampton v Santa Cruz: Vegas fight a dream come true, says Jackal

By David Kelly

Published 26/10/2016

Round two: Carl Frampton is relishing another epic duel with Leo Santa Cruz
Round two: Carl Frampton is relishing another epic duel with Leo Santa Cruz

Boxing superstar Carl Frampton says it is "a dream come true" to be headlining the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on January 28. The date and venue for WBA World featherweight champion Frampton's rematch with Leo Santa Cruz have been rubber stamped and the Belfast man is relishing a repeat of their epic duel in Brooklyn in July.

"This is one of the biggest fights in world boxing," said Frampton, who became the first Northern Ireland boxer to win World titles at two different weights when defeating Santa Cruz.

"Our first fight in July was a war and I believe that January 28 will be exactly the same. It's a dream come true for me to be headlining in Las Vegas, where some of the biggest fights of all time have taken place.

"I've learnt a lot from our first fight. Leo is a warrior but I'm going to win even more convincingly the second time around."

Undefeated former IBF/WBA super-bantamweight champion Frampton is on course to cement his legacy even further with victory over the gutsy Mexican.

Manager Barry McGuigan said: "We saw a great battle between Carl and Leo in their first fight. The demand for this rematch meant it had to be made again."

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