McGuigan believes Vegas can give Frampton lasting legacy

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Barry McGuigan feels that Carl Frampton has the opportunity to move on to yet another level in his next bout.

‘The Jackal’ takes on Leo Santa Cruz in a rematch for the WBA featherweight title on January 28th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – the World capital of boxing.

A third Stateside scrap in eighteen months for Frampton [23(14)-0], McGuigan believes that the Sin City clash it is another big step on the road to US domination and legendary status.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mirror, Hall of Famer McGuigan described how “it doesn’t get much better than this.”

“Carl Frampton had already moved to another level, and the rematch with Leo Santa Cruz on January 28th continues his march towards the pinnacle of boxing.”

“The first meeting with Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn last July was one of the fights, if not the fight of the year. It framed the new WBA featherweight champion as a top-ten fighter, a genuine star. The next step is not only to make him a big name today, but one that people will always remember.”

“To gain lasting recognition, a fighter has to make an impact in America. Frampton has already done that in New York. Now we want to make a big impression on the West Coast, through the prism of Las Vegas, where all the big shows are.”

Indeed McGuigan argues that Frampton, currently ranked #7 on the pound-for-pond list, has the ability to make Irish boxing history over the next few years. The Clones Cyclone noted how “Frampton is already a two-weight world champion, and I believe he could make history as Ireland’s first three-division king before he is done.”

Joe O'Neill

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