Carl Frampton wants to create strong legacy; a win over Leo Santa Cruz would go a long way in that regard

Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions


Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland has already done very well during his seven-year pro career. He is 22-0 with 14 knockouts, won the super bantamweight world title in September 2014 and made three successful defenses. One of those defenses was a split-decision over Scott Quigg in a title-unification bout in February in England.

However, nothing Frampton has done would compare to what a victory over Leo Santa Cruz would do for him. It would make him a great fighter, one to remember, and that’s what Frampton craves. The two will square off July 30 for Santa Cruz’s featherweight title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime).

“This fight is huge for me because I really want to create a legacy,” Frampton said Thursday at a workout at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. “I know how people talk, and I think people will be talking about this for a very long time. I want people to remember me as a great fighter, that’s all.”

Santa Cruz, of Lincoln Heights, is 27. He is 32-0-1 with 18 knockouts, 11-0 with seven knockouts in world-title fights. Santa Cruz has won titles in the bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight divisions. He’ll be a touch nut to crack for Frampton.

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