‘Good question’ Carl Frampton wonders why he didn’t have a Santa Cruz rematch clause

Carl Frampton [27(15)-2(0)] has been calling for a Leo Santa Cruz [37(1(0-1(0)-1] rematch ever since he suffered defeat to the Mexican back in January of 2017.

Cruz leveled things up by avenging his New York hosted July 2016 reverse to ‘The Jackal’ in Las Vegas and a rubber match looked the obvious move.

At one a piece after two Fight of the Year contenders a decider seemed the natural progression.

Cruz, who took the WBA featherweight world title back of Frampton with the win, never seemed as keen on a third clash as the Belfast man and has distanced himself further over the years.

However, as champion going into the second bout, now three weight world title hopeful, Frampton should have had the chance to invoke a rematch.

In the vast majority of cases a world champion would have a rematch clause put in the contract when making a voluntary defence, but it seems Frampton, who was then a Cyclone fighter, didn’t.

After revealing he didn’t believe the four weight world champion wanted a return, when speaking to the AK and Barrack Show, the 33-year-old also claimed he had no clue as to why he hadn’t got a rematch clause.

Speaking with regard to the rubber match and the potential of a being part of a great boxing trilogy, the fighter with WBO super featherweight world champion Jamel Herring firmly in his sights said : “To be honest I don’t see the fight ever happening. I think it’s been and gone. It should have happened there should have been a third fight, but you can’t point the finger at me at why it never happened. I think Leo has to take sole responsibility.”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com