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Frampton eyes mentor McGuigan’s old belt against Santa Cruz

Phil Jay 29/04/2016

Lawrence Lustig

Former unified super bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton intends to follow in manager and promoter Barry McGuigan’s footsteps and claim the WBA featherweight title on July 30.

McGuigan won the strap at Loftus Road, home of English Football League Championship club Queen’s Park Rangers back in June 1985 and defended the belt twice before losing out to Steve Cruz in Las Vegas.

Frampton, 29, has the chance to emulate the ‘Clones Cyclone’ 31 years on challenging tough Mexican Leo Santa Cruz for his 126 pound championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

“This is the fight I wanted and I’m one hundred percent confident that the belt will be coming home to Belfast,” said Frampton.

“It’s the belt that my manager Barry McGuigan held thirty years ago and it’s fitting that I will have the chance to recapture this title.

“Santa Cruz is a strong and aggressive undefeated champion but his style is made for me. Myself and my team have been chasing this fight for a long, long time and that’s because we know we have the tools to beat Leo. He throws a lot shots and is a proven operator, it’s going to be a great fight.”

‘The Jackal’ is moving up in weight in a bid to further seal his legacy following on from a career-defining win over Scott Quigg last February in Manchester.

In the aftermath, Frampton was handed a trio of options after the points win over his arch-rival as compulsories opposite Guillermo Rigondeaux and Shingo Wake were ordered by the WBA and IBF.

Ultimately, Frampton opted to head to the bright lights of the Big Apple for the first time in his career as the Belfast man bids to build his Stateside reputation following a debut win in El Paso last year,