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Santa Cruz: Whoever lands first will win

Leo Santa Cruz is not surprisingly on the fence when it comes to the massive Carl Frampton versus Quigg fight.

The three weight World champion previously leant in the direction of Frampton, but has fight week approaches he is now singing off the 50-50 hymn sheet.

Santa Cruz, who Frampton has been targeting for some time now, fights former Frampton and Quigg foe Kiko Martinez on the same night and on an American broadcast that will show the massive Manchester bout and has fight the winner ambitions.

Considering the now featherweight champion wants the winner has become a little more premiership footballer in his predictions wary of saying anything that may well motivate or upset the winner.

Where as before he felt ‘The Jackal’ would win he now claims it’s an even match that will be decided by the first big punch landed clean.

“I see Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg as a 50-50 fight,” said the Mexican. “It’s a tough fight for both of them. I think whoever catches the other guy first will get the victory. They both can hit and they both have great skills. It could go either way,” he added before stressing he wants the winner.

“It’s a very interesting fight between Frampton and Quigg. They’ve both been possible opponents for me and I hope that I do well that night and face the winner of that fight. I don’t care who it is, I want to fight them.”

Cruz, who some suggest is a protected fighter despite his victory over Abner Marez takes on a fighter with plenty of Irish previous and plenty of respect on these shores on Saturday.

He defends hie featherweigtht strap against the gallant Kiko Martinez, who has lost to both Quigg and Frampton (twice) and he is predicting an entertaining 12 round fight.

“Martinez is a strong fighter who comes forward and always puts pressure on you,” said Santa Cruz.
“He never backs down and always comes to fight. That’s what we like about this match-up – it makes for a more intense fight.
“We’re going to give the fans an entertaining show. The fans are the ones who are going to win at the end of the night. I’m going to go out there and try to knock him out by the end of the third round.”


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