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Las Vegas a “dream come true” for Carl Frampton

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Carl Frampton [23(14)-0] has hit the big leagues. Following a unification win against Scott Quigg and a move up in weight to dethrone Leo Santa Cruz, ‘The Jackal’ is now posed to headline in the capital of World boxing.

The 29 year old Belfast man will defend his WBA featherweight title for the first time at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on January 28th in a rematch with Santa Cruz [32(18)-1(0)-1] and he couldn’t be happier.

The fight was formally announced, along with the rest of the SHOWTIME Winter/Spring series, which also includes match-ups such as Badou Jack v James DeGale and Keith Thurman v Danny Garcia, last night

With the bout now officially confirmed, Frampton said “this is one of the biggest fights in world boxing.”

“It’s a dream come true for me to be headlining in Las Vegas, where some of the biggest fights of all time have taken place.” Frampton.”

Their first clash back in July at the Barclays Centre in New York saw Frampton claim the WBA crown from the Mexican-American in thrilling fashion, winning a majority decision (114-114, 117-111, 116-112) in Brooklyn.

The Tigers Bay star is confidence of a second victory over ‘El Terremoto,’ as well as a second Fight of the Year contender. Frampton described how “our first fight in July was a war and I believe that January 28th will be exactly the same. I’ve learnt a lot from our first fight, Leo is a warrior but I’m going to win even more convincingly the second time around.”

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