The majority vote swung Carl Frampton’s way when he met Leo Santa Cruz in the ring in New York this summer with the 29-year-old becoming Northern Ireland’s first ever two-weight world champion.
The featherweight defeat in July was Santa Cruz’s first loss of his career and revenge is very much on the cards as it has been confirmed by Frampton, via Twitter, that the duo will meet again in the near future though a date is yet to be announced:
The previous encounter saw unbeaten Frampton declared the clear winner by two judges, the third ruling it as a draw.
The victory over the three-weight world champion saw him follow in the footsteps of his manager Barry McGuigan who won the title back in 1985.
Frampton started off on the front foot with powerful punches rocking his opponent onto the ropes before Santa Cruz hit back during the sixth and seventh rounds.
The Mexican’s attempts to defend the title he won in August 2015 looked increasingly likely when he fought his way back into the match, offering some lethal combinations, however, the following two rounds saw the fight edge Frampton’s way.
The closing stages of the match saw the Super-bantamweight champion’s superiority tested, with Santa Cruz producing a powerful overhand right in the 10th round.
The attempts of the 28-year-old proved only to be consolation with judges Frank Lombardi and Tom Schreck deciding Frampton was the worthy winner.
Though Santa Cruz will be looking for revenge over the Belfast boxer, the featherweight champion will be going into the fight as favourite as he looks to defeat the Mexican two games on the bounce.