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Frampton explains lack of media coverage for Santa Cruz fight

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Last November Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg embarked on a three-city media tour to hype their PPV super bantamweight unification. The three days gave birth to the phenomenom of ‘banter juice’ and culminated with a frenzied and foul-mouthed staredown in Belfast’s Europa Hotel.

Just this week Canelo Alvarez and Liam Smith shared press conferences in Dallas and London for their light middleweight title clash in September, with the undoubted highlight being Smith splitting the posts at the AT&T Stadium with a wonderful 35-yard field goal.

However, one of the biggest fights of the Summer, a true pick ’em clash between WBA featherweight champ Leo Santa Cruz and Frampton has seen no elaborate media work. Open workouts on opposite sides of the United States and a conference call were about the height of it, and El Terremoto and The Jackal will only come face-to-face in person for the first time next Thursday at the first – and final – press conference for the New York-hosted bout.

The reason for this? Leo Santa Cruz and his unwillingness to travel according to Frampton.

Speaking to Steve Bunce on Boxnation today the Belfast man revealed that “I haven’t [ever] bumped into him or seen him.”

“He wanted us to do a press conference in LA, but he wasn’t willing to come to New York to do a press conference where the fight was.”

“We told him to go away, we’re not doing that.”

Indeed the 29 year old feels that the Santa Cruz camp thought they could bully him and his team around, explaining that “I think they think we’re over here just to make up the numbers, but we’re here to win.”

“We held our ground.”

Watch Buncey’s full chat with Carl Frampton below:

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie