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‘After a knockout like that I don’t think he should fight again’ – Carl Frampton believes Leo Santa Cruz should retire

Carl Frampton believes it’s time for Leo Santa Cruz to call it a day.

The Mexican, a four weight world titlist, lost for only the second time in his career last weekend.

Frampton’s former foe was stopped in sensational fashion by Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis on a Showtime aired card.

‘The Jackal’ believes the manner of the stoppage suggest the 32-year-old should retire and would do so with nothing left to prove.

“He should be proud of an amazing career, four weight world champion, but I don’t think he should fight again after a fight like that,” Frampton said on his own youtube channel.

“I am sure he go paid a lot of money to fight Tank Davis. After a knockout like that I don’t think he should fight again.”

Discussing how he scored the fight, which ended in Santa Cruz being stopped for the first time, Frampton said:

“I had scored it 4-1 to Tank, the sixth round, if Leo hadn’t been knocked out I’d have given that round to Leo, so it would have been 4-2 going into the second half of the fight. The second half of the fight is where Leo wanted to bring Tank Davis and apply more pressure, but if your Granny had balls she would be your Grandad.”

Having moved through the weights to win world titles there is really little left for Santa Cruz to prove. However, there remains one fight with massive narrative left for him, a rubber match with Frampton.

If he was to fight on and Frampton was to beat Jamel Herring to claim the WBO world super featherweight title in January, a last dance with the Belfast fighter would surely appeal.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com