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If you don't have the cojones to fight me in Belfast I'll come to you: Frampton determined to complete Santa Cruz trilogy

Carl Frampton is determined to complete a trilogy of fights with Leo Santa Cruz - even if it means going to him despite the Mexican's pledges to settle the grudge match in Belfast.

The two-weight world champion surrendered his WBA featherweight crown to Santa Cruz in January last year in their second encounter.

Writing in his exclusive Sunday Life column Frampton says Leo's recent criticism of judging and his fears he won't get a fair fight in Belfast given the backing Carl is likely to get from his fans was "insulting".

"Santa Cruz will never come to Belfast," he wrote.

"Instead of talking nonsense and sending out excuses for not wanting to come and face me in Belfast, which he said he would do on more than one occasion, he should show some cojones like Donaire and agree to come here or maybe he would prefer it if we have the third fight in an empty hall.

"But, if push comes to shove and to get the third fight I have to travel then I’ll go to Vegas again to face him if that’s what has to happen."

The Jackal faces Nonito Donaire on April 21 at the SSE Arena. He said his local supporters were nothing but fair and would always respect a talented visitor.

"They know a good fighter and if there’s a bad decision they won’t stand for it even if it is for the local man so Santa Cruz has no excuse for not coming here," he added.

"Belfast is the best fight city in the UK, if not the world, and it has that reputation because the fans are fair and Collins and Santa Cruz should show a bit more respect."

Read the full column only in this week's Sunday Life.

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