Carl Frampton wants to ‘win it back’ for manager Barry McGuigan, who once held title Leo Santa Cruz now holds

Carl Frampton/Photo courtesy of Ed Diller, DiBella Entertainment


Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland has accomplished quite a bit in his career. He is 22-0 with 14 knockouts and has won a world title in the super bantamweight division.

Frampton on Saturday will try to add another belt to his collection when he challenges Leo Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights for his featherweight world title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime).


Winning a title in a second weight class provides Frampton with plenty of incentive. But there is another driving force. It has to do with Frampton’s manager, former featherweight champion Barry McGuigan of Ireland.

“Obviously, I have enough motivation on my own, but it would be nice to bring back the title that Barry once owned,” Frampton said. “It feels a bit like destiny for me. It’s my turn to win it back for him. I’m doing this for my whole team. I’m doing this for my family and I’m doing this for my entire country.”

McGuigan once held the WBA featherweight title, the same one Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) currently holds.



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