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Former World champion Prince Naseem Hamed backs Carl Frampton to beat Leo Santa Cruz in New York

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton is on course to make history in New York this summer, according to former World champion Prince Naseem Hamed.

The Jackal, a former IBF and WBA super-bantamweight champion, moves up a weight on July 30 to face WBA featherweight king Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre - with victory making him the first fighter from Northern Ireland to win World belts at two different weights.

The highly anticipated fight with Santa Cruz will be the biggest test of Frampton's career with opinion divided on the outcome. But Hamed, the former WBO featherweight champion, has no doubt that the 29-year-old Belfast man will come out on top.

"Carl is a great fighter and I knew he would have too much for Scott Quigg in his last fight," said Hamed, who had one of his most explosive fights in the Big Apple when climbing off the canvas to stop Kevin Kelley in 1997.

"I think Carl is more than capable of handling the occasion and even though he is stepping up to featherweight, I have every confidence he can get the job done against Santa Cruz."

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