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Carl Frampton celebrates his win after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in the 12 round WBA Super  featherweight championship  bout at Barclays Center on July 30, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

Carl Frampton celebrates his win after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in the 12 round WBA Super featherweight championship bout at Barclays Center on July 30, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

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Carl Frampton pictured with the WBA featherweight belt the morning after defeating Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton pictured with the WBA featherweight belt the morning after defeating Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton, right, throws a punch at Leo Santa Cruz during their WBA Super World Featherweight Championship fight at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Carl Frampton won via decision. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)

Carl Frampton, right, throws a punch at Leo Santa Cruz during their WBA Super World Featherweight Championship fight at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Carl Frampton won via decision. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)

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Carl Frampton pictured with Rory McIlroy after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton pictured with Rory McIlroy after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton holds up his championship belt after his WBA Super World Featherweight Championship fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Carl Frampton won via decision. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)

Carl Frampton holds up his championship belt after his WBA Super World Featherweight Championship fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Carl Frampton won via decision. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)

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Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton pictured with his children Carla and Rossa after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton pictured with his children Carla and Rossa after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Shane McGuigan celebrates after Carl Frampton defeated Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Shane McGuigan celebrates after Carl Frampton defeated Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton pictured with Rory McIlroy after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY
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Carl Frampton pictured with Rory McIlroy after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry .

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Frank Lampard, Rory McIlroy and Michael O'Neill pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Frank Lampard, Rory McIlroy and Michael O'Neill pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton pictured with Barry McGuigan and Rory McIlroy after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton pictured with Barry McGuigan and Rory McIlroy after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Rory McIlroy with Christine Frampton after Carl Frampton defeated Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Rory McIlroy with Christine Frampton after Carl Frampton defeated Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton pictured with his daughter Carla after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton pictured with his daughter Carla after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton pictured with his children Carla and Rossa after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton pictured with his children Carla and Rossa after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Colin Murray pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Colin Murray pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton celebrates after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton celebrates after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton, Barry McGuigan and Shane McGuigan after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton, Barry McGuigan and Shane McGuigan after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton and Shane McGuigan celebrate after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton and Shane McGuigan celebrate after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton, Barry McGuigan and Shane McGuigan after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton, Barry McGuigan and Shane McGuigan after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Barry McGuigan celebrates after Carl Frampton defeats  Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Barry McGuigan celebrates after Carl Frampton defeats Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Christine and Frank Lampard pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Christine and Frank Lampard pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Steven Davidson, Rory McIlroy and Michael O'Neill pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Steven Davidson, Rory McIlroy and Michael O'Neill pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Frank Lampard and Steven Davidson pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Frank Lampard and Steven Davidson pictured at the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz bout in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton pictured with his daughter Carla after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Carl Frampton pictured with his daughter Carla after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest against Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

©William Cherry / Presseye

Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

©William Cherry / Presseye

Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Leo Santa Cruz with Carl Frampton during Saturday nights WBA featherweight title contest at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NY. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

©William Cherry / Presseye

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Carl Frampton celebrates his win after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in the 12 round WBA Super featherweight championship bout at Barclays Center on July 30, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

Carl Frampton will head into his rematch with Leo Santa Cruz on January 28 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas widely regarded as the 2016 World fighter of the year.

The acclaimed trade magazine, Ring, are the latest to make the Jackal their top boxer for the past 12 months on the back of his World super-bantamweight title unification victory over Scott Quigg followed up by his defeat of Santa Cruz in New York last summer.

Only the truly great fighters throughout history have featured as the Ring Fighter of the Year and now Frampton has joined such illustrious names as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson.

Frampton, who becomes the first Northern Ireland boxer to receive the accolade, tweeted: "Thank you Ring magazine for naming me fighter of the year. This is a very proud moment for me."

Frampton added: "I had an amazing year last year. I unified at 122 and moved up and fought a great fighter at featherweight in Leo Santa Cruz. The year went pretty much to plan."

Ring magazine noted: "Two fights against two elite, previously unbeaten opponents in hostile territory, two victories. No other fighter had that kind of year. That's why Frampton edged fellow candidates Terence Crawford, Roman Gonzalez, Vasyl Lomachenko and Manny Pacquiao for Fighter of the Year honours."

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