Wayne McCullough sure ‘underdog’ tag will suit Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton

Former WBC bantamweight champion Wayne McCullough believes being the ‘underdog’ may suit Carl Frampton when he faces Leo Santa Cruz on July 30.

Belfast fighter Frampton will challenge Santa Cruz for the Mexican’s WBA Featherweight title in the Barclays Center in New York.

The bookmakers have Santa Cruz as the favourite for the clash and McCullough says that may suit ‘The Jackal.’

“It is always good to be the underdog. I was the underdog when I went to Japan to fight for the WBC belt and got the job done.

“There is less pressure on you and all he has to do is go out there and perform and produce the goods and get your hand raised,” said McCullough to the BBC.

And McCullough was pleased to hear that Frampton had gone to prepare in New York four weeks before the encounter.

“When you are training for a big fight, you have to do it in steps.

“Training camp and then if you are fighting abroad you have to get there early and acclimatise to the conditions.

“There is no point getting there a week before trying to get ready.”

And McCullough says it will be the toughest fight of Frampton’s career.

“Santa Cruz is a tough guy. He is a three weight World champion and the guy can fight.

“But Carl is going out there with confidence and I hope he wins but it will be tough.”