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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

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (L) lands a punch on Carl Frampton during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (L) lands a punch on Carl Frampton during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Kenny Bayless holds up Leo Santa Cruz's hand after he was announced as the winner by majority decision in his WBA featherweight title fight against Carl Frampton at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (C) is shown after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took the title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton by majority decision to win their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton is dejected after losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz celebrates after defeating Carl Frampton to regain his WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (L) and Carl Frampton battle in the 12th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (L) hits Carl Frampton in the first round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (L) lands a punch on Carl Frampton during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (L) takes a punch from Leo Santa Cruz during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (L) throws a left at Leo Santa Cruz in the 11th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton listens to members of his corner between rounds during his WBA featherweight title fight against Leo Santa Cruz during their at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (R) hits Carl Frampton with a left in the 11th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (R) smiles at Carl Frampton at the end of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (L) gets hit with a punch from Leo Santa Cruz during the 12th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz took Frampton's title with a majority decision win. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (L) throws a left at Leo Santa Cruz in the 10th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Leo Santa Cruz (R) hits Carl Frampton with a right in the 10th round of their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz won by majority decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 28: Carl Frampton (R) and Leo Santa Cruz battle during their WBA featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton in the ring with Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Pete Snodden and Colin Murray at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Gary Lightbody at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Christine Frampton at ringside to watch her husband Carl Frampton. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Christine Frampton at ringside to watch her husband Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry David Haye at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Gary Lightbody at ringside to watch Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz as they fight for the WBA featherweight title at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Josh Taylor defeats Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry The MGM Garen Arena in Las Vegas where Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz will face each other for the WBA featherweight title rematch
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Josh Taylor with Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Josh Taylor with Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans waiting to get into Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry A Mexican band entertain fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry A Mexican band entertain fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans waiting to get into Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans waiting to get into Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fans during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Fans of Carl Frampton make a lot of noise during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Leo Santa Cruz on the scales during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch against Carl Frampton for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 28th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Josh Taylor with Alfonso Olvera during their Super Lightweight fight at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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.

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"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.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry
Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th January 2017 - Photo by William Cherry Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz face each other during Fridays weigh-in at the MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas ahead of Saturdays rematch for the WBA featherweight title. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
The date has been set for Frampton's next clash.
Leo Santa Cruz. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye
Great rivals: Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz slug it out

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