WATCH FULL FIGHT: Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz II

It was another gruelling twelve-round encounter between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz last night in Vegas – and the Belfast man would emerge defeated from the duel in Las Vegas, losing his WBA featheweight title.

While it was not as action-packed as the first encounter in New York last Summer, it was still a hugely exciting affair.

An impressive Santa Cruz would box well from the outside and, this time round, was a worthy winner.

The Mexican-American was awarded the bout on a majority decision (114:114, 15:113 x2), a result that sets up an inevitable trilogy bout.

Watch Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz II in full 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