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Exclusive: McGuigan disputes Frampton-Santa Cruz II being ‘close’

Phil Jay 22/09/2016

Ed Diller

Carl Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan has informed WBN that recent reports of an imminent agreement for a return with Leo Santa Cruz are wide of the mark.

Several outlets picked up on comments reportedly made by the father of Santa Cruz who says a deal between the two warriors to get it on again ‘is close’ to completion following an entertaining first fight in the summer.

WBN contacted McGuigan to get his view on the comments, although the former world champion was less than impressed with what had been said.

“It was almost done in February 2014 also,” McGuigan exclusively told World Boxing News.

““It’s correct to say those comments can be disputed as you seem to know more than I do,” he added.

Frampton, 29, wrote himself into the record books in July with an exceptional majority decision win over Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and has been enjoying his new status as a two-weight world champion ever since.

A standout 2016, in which Frampton firstly unified the 122 title against UK rival Scott Quigg, and then ended the unbeaten run of Santa Cruz, is set to earn the Irishman plenty of award nominations and accolades in the New Year.

For now, talk of Frampton v Santa Cruz II being announced is a little premature, according to McGuigan, although the demand for the fight is such that it should see a second offering make it over the line.

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