Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz 2 – Full Fight Preview

Frampton vs. Santa Cruz

Frampton vs. Santa Cruz 2 – Tale of the Tape

Carl Frampton Leo Santa Cruz
Record 23-0-0 32-1-1
Country Northern Ireland Mexico
Age 29 28
Height 5’5″ 5’7 1/2″
Reach 62″ 69″
KO% 61% 56%
Last 5 5-0, 1 KOs 4-1, 2 KOs

Frampton vs. Santa Cruz 2 – Fight Preview

Frampton-Santa Cruz 2 will take place on January 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout will be televised on Showtime and Showtime Extreme (starts at 10 PM Eastern time) in the U.S. The two fighters last met in July of last year in New York, with Frampton edging out Santa Cruz by majority decision to take the WBA “super” featherweight title.

Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz, the challenger, is viewed by most as the slight underdog going into the rematch after losing the first brawl with Frampton in 2016. The 28-year-old Mexican is a former super bantamweight world champion and has Kiko Martinez, Abner Mares, and Jose Cayetano on his résumé.

Santa Cruz displays most of the traits of your typical Mexican fighter, including a strong chin, aggressive style, and solid power. Throughout his career Santa Cruz has proven he can both brawl (and finish fighters) while also being able to move and work off his back foot when needed. Against Carl Frampton, Santa Cruz was rocked a few times, but stood in the pocket and fought toe-to-toe with the Irishman for 12 rounds. Santa Cruz threw over 300 more punches than Frampton but landed just 13 more (according to CompuBox).

Carl “The Jackal” Frampton is regarded by many experts as a Top 10 P4P fighter in the world today. With wins over Leo Santa Cruz and Scott Quigg in 2016, the 29-year-old earned himself “Fighter of the Year” honors by both ESPN and The Ring magazine. Now a two-weight world champion, Frampton looks to prove that he is without-a-doubt deserving of the WBA featherweight title following his decision victory in July.

Frampton is an elite fighter with a variety of weapons at his disposal; he has power in both hands and has gotten numerous one-punch knockouts with both straight punches and hooks. The former super bantamweight champ has been knocked down a few times before in his pro career, but has otherwise displayed a good chin (he took plenty of hard shots from Leo Santa Cruz).

The first fight was action-packed and both fighters had their moments, but Frampton definitely won. The second fight could certainly go either way though. If Santa Cruz wants to win, he will need to keep the smaller Frampton on the end of his straight punches. If Frampton can get on the inside, he will have the advantage.

Frampton vs. Santa Cruz 2 – Prediction

I predict a decision victory for Carl Frampton. I look at the first fight and see Frampton being more efficient and in control while Santa Cruz seemed more wild. It will be a closer decision this time around, but I still see Frampton getting the edge (though this one could be so close it is up to how the judges see it).

I predict a decision win, but both of these guys hit hard and neither one has been known to shy away from a brawl. If the rematch is anything like the first, there should be plenty of fireworks and either of the two fighters could be knocked out. Frampton probably has the edge in power between the two, but Santa Cruz is more unpredictable and is the naturally bigger man. If Santa Cruz wins, could we see a trilogy fight?

Frampton vs. Santa Cruz 2 – Undercard

The Frampton-Santa Cruz undercard will include:

  • Dejan Zlaticanin vs. Mikey Garcia, for Zlaticanin’s WBC lightweight title
  • Lee Selby vs. Jonathan Victor Barros, for Selby’s IBF featherweight title

Rising star Mikey Garcia has a record of 35-0 and is looking to win a world title in his third weight division; he will challenge Montenegrin Dejan Zlaticanin, a solid puncher who has yet to face defeat in his pro career. Lee Selby will defend his IBF featherweight title against veteran Argentinian Jonathan Victor Barros on the undercard as well.

Do you agree with my prediction? Probably not, so feel free to comment below!

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