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Carl Frampton downs a pint of stout in the company of hundreds of fans at the Nine Fine Irishmen bar in Las Vegas last night

Carl Frampton downs a pint of stout in the company of hundreds of fans at the Nine Fine Irishmen bar in Las Vegas last night

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Carl's mother Flo with dad Craig

Carl's mother Flo with dad Craig

Christine Frampton

Christine Frampton

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Carl Frampton downs a pint of stout in the company of hundreds of fans at the Nine Fine Irishmen bar in Las Vegas last night

Carl Frampton's proud parents believe their son will come back even stronger after a heartbreaking loss to big rival Leo Santa Cruz in the MGM Grand Garden arena, Las Vegas.

And the boxer's wife Christine added that it's been hard for him to shake off the notion that he let down the fans - although that is clearly not what the thousands who travelled to Nevada think.

The Northern Ireland hero lost his WBA featherweight title to Santa Cruz after 12 brutal rounds, just six months after beating the Mexican on points in New York to become Northern Ireland's first winner of World titles in two divisions.

His father Craig, who said he was touched by the dignified manner in which his son took defeat, admitting that Santa Cruz deserved the victory.

"It's not hard to be polite, that's the way I would expect him to be," he said.

"Obviously I'm disappointed, Christine's disappointed. It was pretty quiet in the dressing room afterwards.

"Hopefully, however, he'll get the third fight in Belfast, that seems to be what they're talking about, so that would be good. The support he has had out here has been terrific," Craig added.

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Carl's mother Flo is determined her son will return to the ring stronger after the disappointment of tasting his first defeat as a professional.

"We are so proud of him after everything he has achieved," she said.

"We are overwhelmed by the support he has received. It's been amazing to see the amount of fans who have travelled out and I know so many people got up in the small hours of the morning back home to support him. I believe he will be back stronger after this."

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Leo Santa Cruz (L) lands a punch on Carl Frampton during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (L) lands a punch on Carl Frampton during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

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Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Kenny Bayless holds up Leo Santa Cruz's hand after he was announced as the winner by majority decision in his WBA featherweight title fight against Carl Frampton at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Kenny Bayless holds up Leo Santa Cruz's hand after he was announced as the winner by majority decision in his WBA featherweight title fight against Carl Frampton at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Carl Frampton (C) is shown after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took the title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (C) is shown after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took the title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton by majority decision to win their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton by majority decision to win their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Leo Santa Cruz (L) and Carl Frampton battle in the 12th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (L) and Carl Frampton battle in the 12th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Leo Santa Cruz (L) hits Carl Frampton in the first round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (L) hits Carl Frampton in the first round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Leo Santa Cruz (L) lands a punch on Carl Frampton during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (L) lands a punch on Carl Frampton during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Carl Frampton (L) takes a punch from Leo Santa Cruz during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (L) takes a punch from Leo Santa Cruz during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Carl Frampton (L) throws a left at Leo Santa Cruz in the 11th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (L) throws a left at Leo Santa Cruz in the 11th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Carl Frampton listens to members of his corner between rounds during his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz during their at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton listens to members of his corner between rounds during his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz during their at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Leo Santa Cruz (R) hits Carl Frampton with a left in the 11th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (R) hits Carl Frampton with a left in the 11th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Leo Santa Cruz (R) smiles at Carl Frampton at the end of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (R) smiles at Carl Frampton at the end of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Carl Frampton (L) gets hit with a punch from Leo Santa Cruz during the 12th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (L) gets hit with a punch from Leo Santa Cruz during the 12th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Carl Frampton (L) throws a left at Leo Santa Cruz in the 10th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (L) throws a left at Leo Santa Cruz in the 10th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Leo Santa Cruz (R) hits Carl Frampton with a right in the 10th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (R) hits Carl Frampton with a right in the 10th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28:  Carl Frampton (R) and Leo Santa Cruz battle during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (R) and Leo Santa Cruz battle during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Pete Snodden and Colin Murray at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Pete Snodden and Colin Murray at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Gary Lightbody at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Gary Lightbody at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Christine Frampton at ringside to watch her husband Carl Frampton.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Christine Frampton at ringside to watch her husband Carl Frampton. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Christine Frampton at ringside to watch her husband Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Christine Frampton at ringside to watch her husband Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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David Haye at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry David Haye at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Gary Lightbody at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Gary Lightbody at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Josh Taylor defeats Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Josh Taylor defeats Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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The MGM Garen Arena in Las Vegas where Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz will face each other for the WBA featherweight title rematch

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry The MGM Garen Arena in Las Vegas where Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz will face each other for the WBA featherweight title rematch

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Josh Taylor with Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Josh Taylor with Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Josh Taylor with Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Josh Taylor with Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans waiting to get into Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans waiting to get into Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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A Mexican band entertain fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry A Mexican band entertain fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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A Mexican band entertain fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry A Mexican band entertain fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans waiting to get into Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans waiting to get into Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans waiting to get into Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans waiting to get into Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title.  Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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Josh Taylor with Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Josh Taylor with Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (L) lands a punch on Carl Frampton during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Christine, meanwhile, said Carl's first thoughts were for his supporters, many of whom had made financial sacrifices to make it all the way to Vegas.

"At the moment he does feel like he has let them down," she said as Carl delighted many of those fans by downing a pint of stout with them in a bar last night.

"Having fans turn out like this win, lose or draw is amazing, and although we're devastated by the defeat, we are so grateful and humbled by it all."

Carl has vowed to win back his title in a rematch - preferably in Belfast, with Windsor Park mooted as an option.

And long-time friend and former amateur coach Cooper McClure, who continues to coach in the Midland club in Tigers Bay where Frampton honed his skills, believes he can have exact revenge on Santa Cruz in a third and decisive bout.

"I thought he nicked it but I thought Santa Cruz was smarter this time, so you have to take your hat off to Santa Cruz," said Cooper. "Carl can box better than that but like everyone else out here we support him when he wins and we support him when he loses.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland  - 6th November 2009  - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Barry Hearn in association with Brian Peters Promotions presents Sky Sports fight night at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magerafelt, Northern Ireland.  Super-Bantamweight Contest - Carl Frampton v Ignac Kassai.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th November 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Barry Hearn in association with Brian Peters Promotions presents Sky Sports fight night at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magerafelt, Northern Ireland. Super-Bantamweight Contest - Carl Frampton v Ignac Kassai.

Pacemaker Press 12/6/10 Carl Frampton on his way to victory against Ian Bailey at the King' Hall Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 12/6/10 Carl Frampton on his way to victory against Ian Bailey at the King' Hall Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Carl Frampton v Yuriy Voronin in 8x3 Min Rounds
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©Russell Pritchard / Presseye 18th September 2010 Barry McGuigan Presents Boxing at The Ulster Hall. Carl Frampton v Yuriy Voronin in 8x3 Min Rounds ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

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Carl Frampton fights Yuri Voronin in Ulster Hall, Belfast
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Carl Frampton fights Yuri Voronin in Ulster Hall, Belfast ©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 18th September 2010 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry

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Carl Frampton won the Celtic super-bantamweight title at the Ulster Hall on Friday night against Gavin Reid.

Carl Frampton won the Celtic super-bantamweight title at the Ulster Hall on Friday night against Gavin Reid.

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Official title fight for the vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight belt between Carl Frampton and Mark Quon at the Odyssey arena, Belfast. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.10/9/11 PACEMAKER BELFAST.

Official title fight for the vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight belt between Carl Frampton and Mark Quon at the Odyssey arena, Belfast. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.10/9/11 PACEMAKER BELFAST.

Carl Frampton celebrates successful defence of Commonwealth belt against Kris Hughes

Carl Frampton celebrates successful defence of Commonwealth belt against Kris Hughes

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Title delight: Carl Frampton proves his class as he clinches the  inter-continental crown against Raul Hirales in May 2012

Title delight: Carl Frampton proves his class as he clinches the inter-continental crown against Raul Hirales in May 2012

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Boxing Odyssey: Carl Frampton's stoppage of Steve Molitor in Belfast has increased his profile

Boxing Odyssey: Carl Frampton's stoppage of Steve Molitor in Belfast has increased his profile

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Last time: Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez during their previous bout at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast in 2013

Last time: Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez during their previous bout at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast in 2013

Carl in action against Jeremy Parodi in October 2013

Carl in action against Jeremy Parodi in October 2013

Carl Frampton demolishes Hugo Cazares in two rounds back in April 2014

Carl Frampton demolishes Hugo Cazares in two rounds back in April 2014

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Packing a punch: Carl Frampton lands a blow against Kiko Martinez en route to clinching the IBF World super-bantamweight title at the Titanic slipway last September

Packing a punch: Carl Frampton lands a blow against Kiko Martinez en route to clinching the IBF World super-bantamweight title at the Titanic slipway last September

Carl Frampton (right) against Chris Avalos in February 2015

Carl Frampton (right) against Chris Avalos in February 2015

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First to the punch: Frampton lands a blow on Gonzalez jr during the World title fight in El Paso, Texas PRESSEYE

First to the punch: Frampton lands a blow on Gonzalez jr during the World title fight in El Paso, Texas PRESSEYE

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Carl Frampton fighting Scott Quigg.  Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Carl Frampton fighting Scott Quigg. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th November 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Barry Hearn in association with Brian Peters Promotions presents Sky Sports fight night at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magerafelt, Northern Ireland. Super-Bantamweight Contest - Carl Frampton v Ignac Kassai.

"The support was great for him, he's got the best supporters in the world - whether it's football, rugby or whatever.

"But I have to say the Mexican support has been brilliant as well."

One Santa Cruz supporter, Esteban Sanchez, returned the compliment as he mingled with the Frampton fans late into the night in the MGM Grand hotel.

"The Frampton fans were friendly to us and so many have congratulated us for the win and we wouldn't get that with fans from other places, it would have been a different reaction," said Esteban.


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