Carl Frampton sets up World champion Las Vegas base for Santa Cruz rematch

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Carl Frampton [23(14)-0] will jet out to Las Vegas in just over a month’s time to complete his training camp for the Leo Santa Cruz rematch at the MGM Grand.

The Jackal defends his WBA featherweight title on January 28th in Sin City, and will be well acquainted to the place by then. Frampton plans to fly out to Nevada on January 2nd to give himself almost a month to get used to his surroundings.

Indeed Frampton already has his base set up, and will be staying in the house of a former two-weight World champion while training in a gym alongside another former World champion.

The Belfast man revealed to Irish media that “believe it or not, Robert Guerrero has a house out there, so we’re renting it out off him. A seven bedroom house, gym in the garage!”

“We’re going to train at Shawn Porter’s gym as well in Vegas while we’re out there so everything is good to go and set up for us.”

The choice to fly out early comes after something similar was undertaken with great success for the first Santa Cruz fight in New York in July, with Team Frampton basing themselves in Westchester County just outside the city for almost a month. In this time they adjusted to the heat, as well as built support among the local Irish-American population.

Frampton recalled how “It made a big difference. Just getting used to it, getting used to my surroundings, going and seeing the venue, and getting used to the heat, it was pretty sticky in New York at the time.”

“It’s not going to be too hot over here in Vegas at this time of year, but it’s good to acclimatise. They reckon it takes you a day for every hour to adjust to the time difference so it will take me at least a week to get over the time difference and be performing properly. It’s a good idea to get out.”

Joe O'Neill

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