Carl Frampton Vs Leo Santa Cruz – Preview and Prediction

Carl Frampton attempts to become a two weight world champion in his first attempt at the featherweight limit as he takes on Mexican Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA Super World featherweight title at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, New York

The bout will be live on Boxnation in the UK, whilst Showtime boxing will be the broadcasters in the US, the bout is highly anticipated both sides of the pond and is an excellent match up at the 126 lb limit.

Carl Frampton will have to overcome a significant height and reach advantage against a relentless yet intelligent Mexican in Leo Santa Cruz, however Frampton will need to get used to facing larger men if he is to make any impact in the featherweight division.

Leo Santa Cruz throws a high volume of punches, has a superb engine and mixes up his punches up very well, he is a high action fighter that also possesses the ability to tactically think his way through a fight as displayed in the performance of his career to date, his penultimate fight against three division champion Abner Mares.

Carl Frampton is an exceptionally talented fighter with great ring craft, he has a solid jab and creates angles well, it was well publicised that Frampton was really struggling to make the super bantamweight and as a result felt his power had weakened, if true then the move up in weight may pay dividends, the concern is will Frampton by able to cut it at featherweight against bigger men, given his size.

If he can’t then he may find himself stuck between weights, however I think Frampton has enough talent and the right tool set to be able to compete at this level, and in this division. Frampton is a special fighter and his talent is natural.

I expect this to be a competitive fight that goes the distance, it isn’t the easiest fight to predict, some could argue the smart money goes on the bigger man Santa Cruz but at 4/9 I think that is too short a price to be backing.

Frampton is 5/2 at some books to win and I can certainly see him being able upset the books and etch out a decision win in the big apple. However I would keep stakes low on this one.

PREDICTION: FRAMPTON UD 

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