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Carl Frampton: No Chance Las Vegas Dream Turns To Nightmare

Carl Frampton knows very well what happened to his manager in 1986.

Barry McGuigan was exactly in the same position as the Jackal is right now. The Clones Cyclone went to Las Vegas in 1986 for a bout that was supposed to establish him as a superstar on U.S. soil. Instead, McGuiggan lost his WBA featherweight world title to Steve Cruz.

On Saturday night, Frampton rematches Leo Santa Cruz, a man he narrowly defeated in a thrilling contest last July 2016. But the Jackal doesn't think he will suffer the same fate as his manager. Not at all. 

For one, Frampton says the temperature in 1986 was about 105 degrees. Secondly, the Jackal believes that with the training his put to the rematch, it's actually going to be easier this time around:

“I believe it will be a tough fight but the way I’m training at the minute, if I bring it into the ring then it should be an easier fight. I actually think I’ll beat him and I think it will be more comfortable this time.” 

Many fight observers though believe anyway that Frampton defeated Santa Cruz more convincingly than the majority decision the judges awarded him. He made the high volume Santa Cruz miss a lot and then peppered him with the more telling blows. Santa Cruz had plenty to say after the defeat. He said his mind wasn't on the fight 100% because his father-trainer had just been diagnosed with bone cancer at that time. This time around, the elder Santa Cruz is back in the gym and Leo says his focus is back. Frampton counters:

“Last time there were a lot of excuses thrown about afterwards but I think that is Leo Santa Cruz, that’s how he fights. I’m expecting a tough fight but I don’t know if I’m expecting a better one."

Will Carl Frampton fulfill his Las Vegas Dream and assert his mastery over Leo Santa Cruz? Or will El Terremoto even the score and set up a potential grudge match with the Jackal?

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