Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Boxing

They're mad if they think I've come to New York to lose: Carl Frampton

By Steve Bunce

Published 27/07/2016

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 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

World title challenger Carl Frampton believes he is being hugely underestimated by WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz ahead of their New York battle in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Frampton, who vacated his IBF and WBA super-bantamweight titles to move up and challenge the three-weight champion from Mexico, feels Santa Cruz is reading too much into the Belfast fighter's performance 12 months ago in El Paso when he outpointed Alejandro Gonzalez after being floored in the opening round.

"I have only got this fight because of the Gonzalez fight," Frampton said. "I have been chasing Santa Cruz since 2013, deals were talked about and then he moved up and then there was the Gonzalez fight - they think it is safe now, they have convinced themselves that I will have nothing at the new weight. They are mad.

"Moving up to 126 pounds was definitely the right decision for me. I'm a big puncher but I lost power coming down to 122 pounds. I'm going to be punching harder and be at my very best.

More: Frampton's underdog status belies his quality

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
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

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph