Carl Frampton Vs Leo Santa Cruz II – Preview and Prediction

Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz will do it all over again as they rematch their thrilling encounter from last July, Leo Santa Cruz will be looking to avenge the only loss of his career while regaining the WBA world featherweight title he lost to Frampton in Brooklyn, New York.

The rematch will be held at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, UK fans can catch the bout live on Sky Sports from 1am Saturday night while the fight will be aired by Showtime in the US.

If the main event wasn’t enough there is a cracking match up on the undercard in Dejan Zlaticanin Vs Mikey Garcia for the WBC world lightweight title, also Lee Selby defends his IBF world featherweight title against Jonathan Victor Barros. Scottish prospect Josh Taylor also features on the card.

The main event however should be enough to wet any boxing fans appetite, the first encounter was a fight of the year contender and a real tight to and fro affair with both fighters having success in the fight, however it was Carl Frampton who won the contest by majority decision by landing the cleaner shots. One judge scored the bout 114-114 whilst the other two had it in favour of Frampton 116-112 and 117-111.

The 117-111 scorecard in my opinion was too wide, I personally scored it 115-113 to Carl Frampton who with the cleaner and more effective work did enough to get the nod, but it was close and I am expecting another close and competitive fight this weekend, these two are very well matched.

In the last contest Leo Santa Cruz threw over 1000 punches in the fight but was made to miss often and Frampton defensive movement, counter punching and body work was excellent at negotiating the pressure Santa Cruz tried to pile on.

Given this was Framptons debut at featherweight having just moved up after unifying bantamweight world titles against another unbeaten champion in Scott Quigg it really was an incredible feat achieved by Frampton, one he probably hasn’t quite been given the credit he deserves for.

I can see another similar bout unfolding this weekend between too well evenly matched fighters with styles that seem to gel exceptional well for a crowd pleasing spectacle.

I tipped Frampton in the first fight at odds of 9/4 outright, I saw a close fight then and 9/4 was an extremely good value play but you won’t get those odds on Frampton this time around, he is actually favourite at 8/11, leaving little value on The Jackal this weekend.

I feel this fight will go the distance again and we may see some close scorecards, if Santa Cruz can bring his jab into play earlier in the fight this time around and have better accuracy to accompany that phenomenal workrate of his, he could reverse the outcome and at 11/4 for a Santa Cruz decision there could be some value there.

However I still believe Frampton has that little bit of extra class that gives him the edge and a Frampton close decision win is what I favour in terms of predicting the fight.

Its a tough fight to bet this one and I think I will pretty much sit this one out with just have a little tickle on the draw and enjoy the fight!


BETTING TIP: 0.25 pt on the Draw 20/1 Sky Bet