Carl Frampton believes he will secure his place in boxing history with victory over Leo Santa Cruz in New York on July 30th.
‘The Jackal’ hopes his WBA featherweight title tilt will be talked about in 30 years time just like his manager and Hall of Fame fighter Barry McGuigan’s victory over Eusebio Pedroza is recalled fondly today.
“This fight is going to be the one that people talk about in 25-30 years time. This fight is going to be the one that people remember.Like my manager Barry against Pedroza 30 years later people are still talking about it and I want this to be that fight,” Frampton said during a media workoutthis week.
McGuigan, who has proved mentor to undefeated former unified World champion Frampton, defeated Pedroza at Loftus Road back in 1986 to claim the same title Irish boxing’s leading pro light challenges for at the end of the month.
The fight is remembered with affection because one of Irish sports’s favourite sons reached the pinnacle by defeating a long-reigning champion in front of a legendary crowd.
However, Frampton claims it is not just success that will secure his legacy, but expects the fight to be so exciting that it will impossible to dump from the memory bank.
“I believe you need two guys that want it as much as each other and I think Santa Cruz wants it as much as me. We are both willing to put it all on the line so it has all the ingredients of a great fight. I can’t wait, it will be tough but I know I will do it,” he continued.
“Santa Cruz is a huge star, he has massive appeal on both sides of America and this is the fight that creates a legacy for me, people will remember it.”