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Shane McGuigan keen to see Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz get it on again in New York city

By David Kelly

Coach Shane McGuigan produced the master-plan which Carl Frampton so expertly carried out in New York last weekend - and he wants to do it all over again before Christmas.

McGuigan insists that newly-crowned WBA World featherweight champion Frampton can re-charge his batteries and face Mexican hard man Leo Santa Cruz for a second time within the next five months.

Santa Cruz has said that he wants an immediate re-match in Los Angeles, where he lives, but as Frampton is the champion and now a favourite with the east coast fans it seems more likely to take place in the Big Apple with an even bigger crowd expected to watch a second helping of the fight of the year contender.

The Belfast man's global stock has shot through the roof on the back of his victory over Santa Cruz with the highly respected Ring Magazine now placing him at number 10 in their pound for pound list and every fight fan is eager to see the two warriors going toe to toe.

Coach McGuigan said: "What I would like to see happen is an immediate re-match with Santa Cruz before the end of the year so Carl can enjoy Christmas. Then a fight around St Patrick's Day before a big fight in the summer in Belfast which could be the fight with Selby.

"I believe that Carl would beat Santa Cruz again and he could even stop him next time. Carl knows what Santa Cruz is about so I think he could be even better next time.

"The fight was certainly the most exciting fight I've been involved with and now the Americans have really taken to him.

"I couldn't believe how much the American media didn't give him a chance - they were only judging him on the fight last year in El Paso with Alejandro Gonazalez. But we knew that wasn't the real Carl and the move up in weight has made a big difference."

For Shane and dad Barry, who manages Frampton, it was a particularly special moment when the Jackal had his hand raised in triumph - 30 years after the Clones Cyclone's reign as WBA 9st champion had come to an end.

"It was amazing that Carl was fighting someone called Cruz for dad's old title in the States and of course it meant an awful lot - it's funny how life works at times," added Shane.

"For dad, myself and Carl it means so much and any time we start talking about what has been achieved dad has tears in his eyes.

"In his last two fights Carl has won two world title belts and become a two-weight world champion - he's now pound for pound the most exciting and the best fighter in the UK.

"In the first six rounds of the fight I could see just how much impact his punches were having on Santa Cruz, every time he landed the left hook Santa Cruz's leg buckled.

"He fought Santa Cruz at his own game, up close and got the better of him. It was fantastic."

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