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Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz - David Kelly's scorecard

By David Kelly

Round One - Santa Cruz pumps out the jab early on and catches Frampton leaning in with a right hand. Carl starts slowly and concedes the round to Leo's better quality output.

Frampton 9-10 Santa Cruz

Round Two

Santa Cruz claims the centre of the ring as Frampton tries to get the lead left hook working. The Jackal closes the range better and starts to find his range. Santa Cruz responds with his flurries but the Belfast man edges it.

Frampton 10-9 Santa Cruz

Round Three

Frampton uses better head movement at close quarters but fails to fire enough leather in response to Santa Cruz, who is not being tempted to engage too often at close quarters.

Frampton 9-10 Santa Cruz

Round Four

A solid exchange inside, at the end of the round, ends in tangled feet and the champion falls to the canvas. Referee Kenny Bayless rightly calls no knockdown in what was a round too close to call for either man.

Frampton 10-10 Santa Cruz

Round Five

TO this point this is Frampton's best round as he lets the punches flow a little more. He's not using his feet as much to create angles but nails the challenger with solid, single blows.

Frampton 10-9 Santa Cruz

Round Six

LEO digs left hooks to the body as Frampton fights fire with fire in the centre of the ring. Frampton's scything left hand and snappy jab are working well but Santa Cruz edges ahead.

Frampton 9-10 Santa Cruz

Round Seven

Frampton dictates the pace off his jab as Santa Cruz's output lowers. Frampton moves forward and lands a right at the end before bobbing and weaving off the ropes for the final 10 seconds.

Frampton 10-9 Santa Cruz

Round Eight

A close, difficult round to score. Both men land but miss in equal measure. Frampton soaks up Leo's body assaults and dishes plenty back. Neither warrior will back down.

Frampton 9-10 Santa Cruz

Round Nine

SANTA Cruz lands some spiteful blows as they trade relentlessly. There are many eye-catching assaults from Santa Cruz but the power is with Frampton. Difficult to divide them.

Frampton 10-9 Santa Cruz

Round 10

FRAMPTON, sensing he needs to have a big finish walks into some hard blows but also responds with his own at close quarters.

Frampton 10-9 Santa Cruz

Round 11

THE Mexican fans bellow out chants of "Leo, Leo". The Frampton contingent respond with jeers but Santa Cruz is the one on top, outworking the Belfast man.

Frampton 9-10 Santa Cruz

Round 12

Frampton takes the fight to his opponent in the final round and both men lay it on the line with the Jackal just edging it.

Frampton 10-9 Santa Cruz

Result: Frampton wins 115-114

Judges had it: 114-114, 115-113, 115-113 for Santa Cruz

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