WATCH: Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Belfast head-to-head

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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz came face-to-face today at the Europa Hotel in Belfast for the first time since their epic New York battle in July.

Santa Cruz came to ‘The Jackal’s’ home town to kick off their whistle-stop two-city press tour to promote the pair’s rematch in Las Vegas on January 28th where Frampton will defend his WBA featherweight title for the first time.

The opening press conference took place in front of a lively portion of ‘The Jackal Army,’ with hundreds descending upon the function room in the bowels of the Europa Hotel in Belfast city centre.

Santa Cruz, who shared a selfie with Frampton before the conference began, was given a warm reception from the Belfast faithful who then lifted the roof off the venue when ‘The Jackal’ entered the room.

Following the press conference, the pair took part in a respectful face-off in front of a large Frampton support.

Watch the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz Belfast head-to-head below:

Video courtesy of IFL TV

The two now travel to Los Angeles, home city of Santa Cruz, for the second leg of the tour, with a press conference scheduled for Thursday.

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