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Carl Frampton beats Leo Santa Cruz to win WBA Featherweight title in New York City

The Jackal won the fight after 12 rounds, with two judges seeing it in Frampton’s favour and one seeing it as a draw.

The Northern Ireland fighter and Leo Santa Cruz put on what could be fight of the year in the early hours of Sunday morning. Both men stood and exchanged in a number of rounds and the speed of the fight was outstanding.

It was the first defeat of Santa Cruz’s career and the mexican immediately expressed his desire for the rematch straight after.

Frampton became the first Northern Ireland fighter to become champion at two different weight classes. “I wanted to be in a fight people would remember,” said Frampton.

Carl-Frampton-celebrates-beating-Leo-Santa-Cruz Frampton saw his hand raised. Pictured alongside Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan. (The Mirror)

Saturday’s fight was Frampton’s first as a professional at featherweight, having moved up a division after unifying the IBF and WBA super-bantamweight titles by beating England’s Scott Quigg in Manchester in February.

The Belfast boxer, in his fifth world title fight, made the stronger start, forcing Leo back onto the ropes with heavy punches in the second.

The slick Mexican was doing more work but Frampton’s percentage of punches landed was clearly greater on the night. Santa Cruz finished strongly and many fight fans scored it differently. Some had it a draw, some had it either fighters way, only the judges could decide.

One judge scored it a 114-114 draw but the others made Frampton the winner, 116-112 and 117-111. Frampton had won, much to the delight of the travelling fans who came out in their numbers.

Framptons manager, Barry McGuigan who had previously held the same title, said: “This is one of the greatest nights of my life.”

The newly crowned champion has made it clear he wants Welsh fighter Lee Selby, but hasn’t ruled out a rematch with Santa Cruz in Belfast.

lee-selby-boxing-celebration_3310809 Could this be Framptons next opponent? Lee Selby pictured. (Sky Sports)
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Kell Brook to fight Gennady Golovkin!

Gennady Golovkin will defend his world middleweight titles against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook on September 10.

Brook will jump two divisions to take on the WBA Super, WBC and IBF world champion in a huge fight for world boxing at London’s 02 Arena.

Both fighters will come to blows in what could be a fight of the year contender! Triple G will go into the fight as favourite but both men are huge punchers and their records have shown that. Golovkin is unbeaten in 35 with 32 knockout and Brook unbeaten in 36 with  25 stoppages.

The question on all fight fans lips will be can Brook step up two divisions and still carry the same power to stop the man who is currently a contender for being the number one fighter on the planet?

Brooks promoter Eddie Hearn is adamant that Brook will still be a big man at Middleweight and can contend against GGG. Hearn may be confident in his man but it is a fact that ‘The special one’ will be stepping up in class after two routine wins against Frankie Gavin and a mandatory defense of his IBF Welterweight belt against Kevin Bizier.

People can argue that Golovkin also has not been fully tested with his best wins coming against Martin Murray, Willie Monroe Jr and most recently David Lemieux.

hi-res-edd39511b9fb14eb89c4f289149b755e_crop_north GGG pictured. (Image Source: BleacherReport)

Eubank ducks GGG

Fight fans were of  the assumption that Chris Eubank Jr would be the man to fight Golovkin after him and his father Chris Eubank Senior have made considerable amounts of noise to fight the Khazak.

Whether talks have broken down or the offer was not right for both promotional teams, the Eubanks have some explaining to do when they face the media. Eubank may  now look to fight the man who has been the only person to defeat him, Billy Jo Saunders.

No matter what happens in the fight, big credit has to go to Brook for taking the fight as well as both promotional teams for making it happen.

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