Leo Santa Cruz ready to fight Carl Frampton ‘anywhere’

Belfast fighter Carl Frampton (left)
Belfast fighter Carl Frampton (left)

WBC World champion Leo Santa Cruz and Belfast’s Carl Frampton appear to be on collision course after the Mexican defended his title on Saturday night.

Two-weight champ Santa Cruz overcame Cristian Mijares on points in Las Vegas at the weekend, and if Frampton can see off Hugo Cazares at the Odyssey Arena on April 4 then a meeting between the two Super-bantamweights is on the cards.

And the 25-year-old insists he has no problem facing ‘The Jackal’ in Belfast or America.

“It doesn’t matter to me where I fight him. It’s up to wherever my manager and promoter think the best place is. I’ll fight him wherever,” Santa Cruz said.

“If they want me to fight him in Ireland, I’ll come over and fight him in Ireland. If they want me to fight him here [United States], I’ll fight him here. Wherever they make the fight I’m willing to battle him.

“I think the fight is likely for between September-November.”

Santa Cruz says he has been listening to Frampton calling him out over the last few months.

“Carl’s been saying he wants to fight me and I’ve seen him in a couple of fights,” he added.

“He’s a great fighter, undefeated, he comes forward like me and throws parallel punches and pressures a lot.

“So I think it would make a really great fight for the fans.

“He’s in an eliminator to fight me in his fight, so if our managers can work out something I think it can definitely happen next if we both come through and win.”

The two-weight world champion and reigning undefeated WBC super-bantamweight king admits he is an admirer of Frampton’s style.

“I come forward; he comes forward, so there will be no running,” Santa Cruz said.

“I think it will be a fight where we are both in the middle of the ring, giving a war and I think neither of us is going to want to go back.

“It could be ‘Fight of the Year’. I don’t think the fight would go the distance; it could finish before the twelve rounds the way that we will fight.

“I think he [Frampton] comes forward well, and is strong, always pressuring. But I think he drops his hands too much – I think that’s one of the mistakes he does.

“I could catch him or I could work the body and finish him right there.”