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Carl Frampton vows to turn Santa Cruz dreams into Las Vegas nightmare

By David Kelly

Confident Carl Frampton says Leo Santa Cruz's Mexican pride will be his downfall here in Las Vegas tomorrow night. Santa Cruz may have pushed Frampton harder than anyone else in their first battle last summer but the Jackal revealed he is delighted that the three-weight champion  decided to immediately return to the ring for a shot at winning back the WBA featherweight title.

With just 48 hours to go before their highly anticipated re-match, 29-year-old Belfast man is adamant that Santa Cruz will have nightmarish flashbacks to that night in Brooklyn's Barclays Centre in New York when the Jackal ripped away his WBA belt.

"Leo's made a big mistake in taking this fight. He's a confidence fighter and yet he's coming straight back into the deep end," said a relaxed Frampton.

"He knows he was hurt in the first fight and I think he should have gone away and got a win and then come and fought me again. His Mexican pride is going to come before a fall.

"Whatever his game plan is, the confidence will drain from him when he feels my power again. He'll want to put me under more pressure but when he gets hit then he will think twice about coming in.

"I feel that I have the power to knock out anyone around these weights if I catch them clean and that's not being disrespectful to Leo.

"The way I have been sparring this could be the most spectacular performance of my career so far. In this camp I've done a couple of 12-rounders and I have felt great. I'm settling down into the featherweight division and that's bad news for Leo.

"I really feel that I'm improving as a fighter and Leo's style brings out the best in me. I have a game plan for this fight and it's about making it as easy as possible for myself but if I have to go into the trenches I'm prepared for that."

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