Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton
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Leo Santa Cruz 125 lbs lost to Carl Frampton 125 lbs by MD in round 12 of 12
- Date: 2016-07-30
- Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
- Referee: Harvey Dock
- Judge: Guido Cavalleri 114-114
- Judge: Frank Lombardi 112-116
- Judge: Tom Schreck 111-117
- World Boxing Association Super World Featherweight Title (2nd defense by Santa Cruz)
- Ring Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
- Aired On: Showtime (Main Event)
- Frampton won rounds two, three, five through nine, and the bout (seven rounds) by landing the better shots. All three judges agreed.
- Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton became the first two division world champion in the history of Northern Ireland by winning a 12 round majority decision over 32-0-1 world champion Leo Santa Cruz. Although the punches landed were about the same, Frampton had a higher accuracy rate. When Frampton staggered De La Cruz backwards in the second round, Frampton seized the momentum of the bout at that point. Both fighters exchanged power shots while moving around the ring at times, turning the technical war into a candidate for fight of the year. Many of the rounds were too close to call. Over 6000 of the 9000 paid attendance were from Northern Ireland, and chanted Frampton's name, as well as Irish limericks all night. Clean bout, with no fouls.
- Barry McGuigan, manager of Frampton, was at ringside. Actress Rosie Perez, golfing champion Rory Mcllroy, and pro boxers Lee Selby, Gary Russell Jr., Julian Williams, Daniel Jacobs, Ricky Hatton and David Haye were in ringside attendance.
- The bout featured many close rounds, which promoter Lou DiBella noted were difficult to score. One judge had it 114-114 a draw.
- At the post fight press conference, Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan confirmed the fight contract had no mandatory rematch clause. Both McGuigan and Frampton nonetheless offered Santa Cruz a gentleman's rematch in Belfast, Northern Ireland for next year,or a rematch in the United States. Santa Cruz accepted ands tated he would have no issues fighting the Frampton rematch in Belfast. IBF World Featherweight champion Lee Selby came up to the press table to shake hands with McGuigan and Frampton, acknowledging he would be interested in a shot at Frampton's WBA title in Belfast too. Frampton also expressed an interest in fighting Gary Russell Jr., Jesus Cuellar, and Oscar Valdez in Belfast or wherever, the other 126 pound champions, but not Guillermo Rigondeaux, whose style he felt was insufficient to sell tickets in Belfast.