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Carl Frampton with challenger Leo Santa Cruz in Los Angeles

Carl Frampton with challenger Leo Santa Cruz in Los Angeles

Carl Frampton with challenger Leo Santa Cruz in Los Angeles

American television powerbroker Stephen Espinoza has hailed Carl Frampton as the World fighter of the year for 2016 ahead of the Jackal’s mouthwatering re-match with Leo Santa Cruz.

Frampton and Santa Cruz came face to face once more at an outdoor news conference outside the Los Angeles Public Library just two days after being in Belfast to express their high expectations for the return battle on January 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Espinoza is the head of sports at the top American cable network Showtime who are broadcasting the showdown, just as they did in July when Frampton and Santa Cruz served up arguably the fight of the year.

“For me Carl Frampton is the 2016 fighter of the year. Nobody else did what he did,” said Espinoza.

"Carl Frampton unified the titles at super-bantamweight and then went straight up to win a second world title against a three-weight world champion."

Frampton looked as relaxed as ever in the LA sunshine as he addressed the media and public gathered to listen to the two rivals.

Just as in Belfast's Europa Hotel 48 hours earlier, there was mutual respect and a general consensus that the fans are in for a real treat next month.

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast.  29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured with Sean and Barry McGuigan during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured with Sean and Barry McGuigan during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight challenger Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight challenger Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton pictured during Tuesdays press conference with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton with his challenger for the title Leo Santa Cruz pictured during Tuesdays press conference at the Europa hotel, Belfast. The two will meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the rematch after Carl won the title from Santa Cruz in New York. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster, and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, have laid out the Stormont welcome mat for world champion Carl Frampton and his title challenger Leo Santa Cruz
They are pictured at Stormont Castle.Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster, and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, have laid out the Stormont welcome mat for world champion Carl Frampton and his title challenger Leo Santa Cruz They are pictured at Stormont Castle.Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster, and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, have laid out the Stormont welcome mat for world champion Carl Frampton and his title challenger Leo Santa Cruz
They are pictured at Stormont Castle.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster, and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, have laid out the Stormont welcome mat for world champion Carl Frampton and his title challenger Leo Santa Cruz They are pictured at Stormont Castle. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster, and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, have laid out the Stormont welcome mat for world champion Carl Frampton and his title challenger Leo Santa Cruz
They are pictured at Stormont Castle. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster, and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, have laid out the Stormont welcome mat for world champion Carl Frampton and his title challenger Leo Santa Cruz They are pictured at Stormont Castle. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster, and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, have laid out the Stormont welcome mat for world champion Carl Frampton and his title challenger Leo Santa Cruz
They are pictured at Stormont Castle. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster, and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, have laid out the Stormont welcome mat for world champion Carl Frampton and his title challenger Leo Santa Cruz They are pictured at Stormont Castle. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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WBA Super World Featherweight World Champion Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz at the Europa hotel, Belfast. 29th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Frampton said: "I think this re-match going to be an amazing fight.

"It can't be any different from the first so we're kicking off 2017 with a bang.

"Straight after the first fight I was more than happy to give Leo the re-match because if you want people to remember you in 20 or 30 years time you need to be fighting guys like Leo Santa Cruz.

"I respect him a lot and I know it's going to be a tough fight. I'm preparing very hard and I'll do whatever it takes to bring the belt back to Belfast."

American co-promoter Richard Schaefer described both men as "modern gladiators" and revealed that hald of the tickets that went on sale were sold on the first day.

Challenger Santa Cruz is adamant that he will have his revenge on January 28.

"Carl showed that he's a great fighter in our first fight. I believe if I make adjustments that I can win the fight. This re-match will be tough, we'll give you another fight of the year - even better than the first time," said Santa Cruz.

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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. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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. 
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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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

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. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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. 
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 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

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. 
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 30th July 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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. 
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 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

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. 
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

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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

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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, 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

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. 
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 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

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. 
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

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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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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

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. 
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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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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 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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