Leo Santa Cruz gives Warrington-Frampton prediction

Carl Frampton will have too much strength and skill for Josh Warrington predicts featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz.

The WBA title holder knows what ‘The Jackal’ is capable of having shared the ring with him twice, but admits he hasn’t seen too much of new IBF champ Warrington.

However, from what he has seen of the Leeds native, the Mexican hasn’t witnessed anything he thinks will trouble the former two-weight world champ from Belfast.

While Santa Cruz predicts a busy performance from the champion. he can’t see the challenger losing in Manchester on December 22nd.

The potential future foe of the winner doesn’t think the Warrington has the power to hurt Frampton, but believes the opposite is true of the challenger when it comes to the champion.

Santa Cruz outlined ho “I think Frampton is going to win that fight. I haven’t seen much of Josh Warrington, but of the little I have seen he throws a lot of punches but there is not much power in those punches.”

I think Frampton is stronger and I think with boxing skills too Frampton will be able to take the victory,” predicted the fighter whom Frampton is desperate to have a third fight with.

The Belfast ticket seller has given up hope of the rubber match taking place in his home town despite the fact the WBA title holder’s previous travel promise.

Santa Cruz, who hopes to fight Frampton and Gary Russell Jr in 2019 after he beats Miguel Flores in February, claims he would love to travel – but reiterated that he can’t as it would mean he would have to fight without his father in his corner.

“I would love to. I have always said I would love to go over there, not only to visit but to prove to the fans because I told them I would go over there.”

“The one that is holding me back is my Dad hasn’t got the papers. So if I go fight over there my Dad can’t come with me. I would like to see if I can do it and, if my Dad is able to, why not?”

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Jonny Stapleton

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