Carl Frampton did not win fight and we want a rematch insists Leo Santa Cruz’s father

Carl Frampton with Barry and Shane McGuigan after defeating Leo Santa Cruz
Carl Frampton with Barry and Shane McGuigan after defeating Leo Santa Cruz

Leo Santa Cruz’s father wants his son to have an immediate rematch with Carl Frampton.

Jose was in attendance in the Barclays Center in New York as his son lost his WBA Featherweight title and unbeaten record to the Belfast fighter.

And now he wants his son to face ‘The Jackal’ straight away.

“My son spoke to Mr Al Haymon at the end of the fight and he said that there is a rematch clause. If that’s the case then of course we want a direct rematch, but now it could be in Los Angeles or in Las Vegas in around three months’ time, in November,” Santa Cruz told ESPN Deportes.

“I’m telling you, I did not see my son lose. If I had seen him lose I would say so, that’s why we want the rematch.

“I saw that Leo didn’t fight his best and didn’t use the defence he needed. His punches and his movement were a bit slow. I sent him out to box and he wanted to beat Frampton up, but in the end he had to be a bit more solid.

“Many people have said they saw Leo win. I think the judges there just have rewarded the more offensive fighter. If Frampton connected with two then my son hit him with three. Many of Frampton’s punches didn’t connect, although I accept that the ones that did were hard.

“I think that if we get the rematch - and we are going to ask for it - I will tell my son he needs to train harder. I don’t like to make excuses, maybe they did beat us, but I am sure that Leo will win the title back.”