Back Leo Santa Cruz to knock-out Carl Frampton in New York at 10/3Published July 28, 2016
WBA Super-Featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and Northern Irish WBA Super-Bantamweight champion Carl Frampton go head-to-head for the WBA World Featherweight title at the Barclays Center in New York on Saturday night.
The fight is live on BoxNation with Santa Cruz at 1/2 with Paddy Power and Frampton the 15/8 underdog for this mouth-watering clash.
It will be Santa Cruz’s third defence of his crown following a majority-decision victory over Abner Mares and a fifth-round stoppage win over Kiko Martinez, a man Frampton has beaten twice on his rise to the top. This will be the second time that the 29-year-old undefeated Frampton has fought in the States, and this time he has a good chance of leaving the country with his first loss of his seven-year career.
“He’s three inches taller, but I don’t mind that,” Frampton told a newspaper this week. “It’s very rarely that I box someone who is smaller than me and I’ll be heavier than him on the night. He started as a bantamweight and when I saw him in the flesh in El Paso, he didn’t look like a really strong guy.”
Frampton barely escaped with his unbeaten record intact the last time he fought in America though, when he was dropped twice by the tough as teak Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez last July. Frampton won the fight by a unanimous decision, but he was still very lucky he got out of the fight with his hide intact. Frampton followed up with a gutsy win over Scott Quigg last time out, but that bout never really took off.
Santa Cruz has the least questions to answer and for Frampton this is a calculated risk as he isn’t risking his own belt. A 3-inch reach advantage over Frampton, along with an ability to throw punches in bunches could be the undoing of the Irishman.
Paddy Power are offering big odds of 10/3 about Santa Cruz getting the TKO/KO win and given Frampton is on the road again and vulnerable out of home shores, that could tip the balance toward a stoppage win for Santa Cruz.