Underdog Frampton recalls last time the bookies went against him

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Carl Frampton is not bothered by the bookmakers who have made him a slight underdog for his fight with Leo Santa Cruz.

‘The Jackal’ goes into the WBA featherweight title clash at the Barclays Centre on July 30th as a 13/8 [+162.50] outsider with some firms.

29 year old Frampton however is relishing the opportunity, and notes the success he had the last time the bookies sided against him, recalling how “the last time I was an underdog was the Irish Championships [in 2009], when I was an amateur.”

“You could have got me at 11/2 [+550], I was a massive underdog.”

Indeed the Belfast man, then just 21, made his family and friends a fair bit of cash by defeating reigning featherweight champion David Oliver Joyce 10:5 at the National Stadium – and he plans to do something similar against three-weight World champ Santa Cruz.

“I dropped him pretty early on, so the last time I was an underdog, a lot of people who knew me made a lot of money.”

“It’s going to be the same result this time.”

Rewatch Frampton v Joyce, one of the greatest fights at the National Stadium in modern times, below:

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