Santa Cruz has one track mind – focused on Frampton redemption

Former world champion Leo Santa Cruz is aiming to regain his position at featherweight following a close defeat to Carl Frampton over the summer.

The Mexican-American star was worried about the health of his ill father in the build-up to the first fight with Frampton and wants to prove he can beat the Irish star who took his undefeated record.

“From the moment our last fight ended, when the decision came and I lost the fight, I knew my only goal was to get my belt back,” said Santa Cruz.

“When I sat in the locker room afterward, I felt more motivated than ever to get back in the gym. All I’ve thought about since the fight was this rematch.

“There won’t be any distractions in this camp. I’ll be heading into the fight with a better game plan.

“I’m putting in 100 percent in training and I’m excited to get in the ring on January 28 to get my belt back,” he added.

Frampton is currently heading the list of nominations for the WBN Fighter of the Year Award for 2016, partly due to his win over the 28 year-old.

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Santa Cruz heads to Las Vegas for his redemption clash opposite ‘The Jackal’, which is to be broadcast on Showtime in the United States and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom as announced on Wednesday.