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Frampton feels like he’s “destined” to win against Santa Cruz

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Carl Frampton feels that it is his destiny to win the WBA featherweight World title at the end of the month.

‘The Jackal’s’ mentor, Barry McGuigan held the same belt between 1985 and 1986, winning it from long-reigning champion Eusebio Pedroza before losing to unheralded American Steve Cruz in the Las Vegas heat.

Now, three decades on, Frampton wants to win back the belt from another Mexican-American, Leo Santa Cruz, and he believes it is almost written in the stars.

The Belfast man spoke to media last night on a conference call and described his confidence ahead of the July 30th bout at the Barclays Centre in New York, outlining how “I’m training well, eating good, and feeling great.”

“Leo is a world class fighter who believes he’s going to win, but I’m a world class fighter and I believe I will win.”

“I’ve had big fights back home, but this is a huge fight. Two world-class opponents who both believe they will win.”

“It just feels like everything is lining up and destined to happen.”

“It would be great to win back title that Barry won.”

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