Legacy-hunting Frampton promises that Santa Cruz is just the start

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Carl Frampton believes that his New York showdown with Leo Santa Cruz can be a turning point in his career

‘The Jackal’ feels that his superfight at the Barclays Centre on July 30th can turn him from a Belfast boxing giant onto the path to becoming a Worldwide boxing mgastar.

Speaking to media today after his open training session at the famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, Frampton noted the enormity of the Premier Boxing Champions Summer centrepiece.

The Belfast man, who is stepping up in weight to challenge for Santa Cruz’s WBA featherweight title, explained that “it’s important to be recognized in the States.”

“This is where all of the great fighters from around the world end up fighting, and I really want to be recognized as a great fighter.”

“This fight is huge for me because I really want to create a legacy. I know how people talk, and I think people will be talking about this for a very long time.”

“I want people to remember me as a great fighter, that’s all.”

Standing in Frampton’s way is undefeated three-weight World champ Santa Cruz, but the 29 year old is happy with his tough opponent, reasoning that “I want to be in exciting fights.”

“From here on in my career, I want to be great.”

“Who better to face than Leo Santa Cruz? This is a chance to put my name down in history and become a two-weight world champion from Ireland.”

“I’m right on the door step of everything. I’m so excited for fight night, it’s going to be a truly special experience.”

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