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Frampton offered Belfast showdown by world champion Cruz

By David Kelly

The WBC World champion Leo Santa Cruz says he will come to Belfast for a money-spinning showdown with Carl Frampton in what would be the biggest fight in the super-bantamweight division.

First, Frampton has the smaller matter of defeating Kiko Martinez to claim the IBF World belt at Titanic Quarter on Saturday night but Mexican Santa Cruz has no doubt the Belfast man will be victorious.

Santa Cruz puts his WBC title on the line on September 13 against Manuel Roman in Las Vegas, where he starts a red hot favourite, and after that he wants his team to strike a deal with Frampton's management for a World title unification fight.

"I would love to fight Carl Frampton next after I hopefully win my title defence and he beats Kiko Martinez. That would mean there are two World titles on the line and I would come to Belfast to fight Frampton, yes it would be nice to have the fight in America but I would love to fight in the UK," said Santa Cruz.

"I have said to my manager that I want the fight. It's the fight the fans want to see, even here in America they now know Frampton and they are saying to me to fight him. It would be a really exciting fight for the public because Frampton is like a Mexican fighter, he comes forward, he's aggressive and he hits really hard."

Santa Cruz says he will be watching from his home in California.

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