My dad beat cancer, now he's going to help me defeat Carl
Defiant challenger Leo Santa Cruz says his dad Jose's cancer battle win will inspire him to victory when he clashes with WBA World featherweight champion Carl Frampton here at the iconic MGM Grand early on Sunday.
Mexican Santa Cruz and his dad (right) have had tight-knit relationship from the moment he started boxing as a child and the former World champion insists that his preparation for the first clash with the Jackal last summer was turned upside down by his father being struck by the illness.
"The difference now is that I'm more motivated, with no worries, no obstacles. For the first one I was thinking about my dad having cancer. I was not very focused, I was focused on my dad's recovery," said Santa Cruz, who lost on points to Frampton in New York.
"Having my dad for this full camp has been great, to have him here pushing me has helped me a lot. We will have a clear game plan. Frampton is going to face the real Leo Santa Cruz this time.
"In that first fight, I didn't come in as ready as I've been for past fights. Frampton thinks that I came into that fight at 100 per cent, that I showed him the best that I have. But, I have improved as a fighter since the loss - I had to go away and work on my mistakes and get better.
"I'm going in there as a nobody and I'm going to go make a name for myself. I'm coming with that kind of hunger.