After fulfilling his World title dream back in September of 2014 Carl Frampton set himself a new goal. ‘The Jackal’ wanted to become a ‘legend of Irish sport’.
The IBF and WBA super bantamweight World champion has certainly secured himself legendary Irish boxing status by becoming the Island’s first ever unified champion and bringing over 12,000 fans to Manchester for his bout with Scott Quigg.
However, the undefeated 29 year old has further ‘legacy’ ambitions and now wants to become a name to that fight fans around the World will remember when he retires.
That is the inspiration behind to fight Leo Santa Cruz, a fight Showtime claim has been agreed in principle. Santa Cruz provides the Cyclone Promotions star with the chance gain further recognition in America and become a two weight World champion.
It seems Frampton is prepared to vacate his WBA and IBF titles in a bid to secure a legacy.
“That’s the fight we want, Leo Santa Cruz,” Frampton told Sky Sports News after collected his MBE in London this week.
“It’s up a weight division, so we’ll have to move up to featherweight but it’s about securing a legacy now. I want to be a two-weight world champion.
“I think me against Santa Cruz is a very crowd-pleasing fight, I would like it in Belfast, if it’s going to be the next fight it could be in the summer, but we may have to travel.
“But that’s fine too, I will fight him anywhere.”