Forget Jamie Conlan, Carl Frampton is the Belfast ‘Mexican’ according to Leo Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz puts his WBA featherweight title on the line against ‘The Jackal’ in the Barclays Center this coming Saturday night and believes the fight will play host to two Mexican styles.
The three-weight World champ has questioned Frampton’s punch resistance in the build up to the Showtime-broadcast bout, but has been complimentary in recent weeks.
The PBC puncher has been impressed with the little he has seen of his next foe and predicts their styles will gel to ensure a fan friendly fight this Saturday.
“Truly, I only have watched very few fights of him, but I’d say the little I have watched, he’s a great fighter,” Santa Cruz told American press.
“He has everything. He has great skills. He has good footwork great punches, and he has great power. His style is kind of like Mexican style.”
“He comes forward, a sign of a great fighter. And his style and my style are going to make for an interesting fight. We are going to go toe-to-toe. We’re going to go out there and give you a great fight for all the fans.”
Santa Cruz has faced some quality fighters at three weight over the years, winning three world titles along the way, but when asked if former unified super bantamweight champ Frampton was the best he will has faced, El Terremoto agreed, reasoning that “he is undefeated, he has unified and he is a great fighter.”
“He’s really a super star. So I think, yes, getting that victory, I can get to the next level, and get me one the biggest fight I can win.”