Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton's clash this past summer left both fighters wanting to fight each other once more. For Santa Cruz, it's revenge and a future featherweight title unification fight that is driving him.
Santa Cruz spoke to Michelle Joy Phelps of Behind the Gloves via skysports.com and said he wants to beat Frampton after losing to him in July and breaking his undefeated record so that he can plan a fight to unify welterweight titles against either IBF titleholder Lee Selby or WBC champion Gary Russell Jr.
“For that loss I got, I want to get revenge,” Santa Cruz said. “I had a perfect record and losing to him, now I have to go out there and beat him. Beating him, it won’t erase it, but I will feel like I’m still undefeated and then after that, if we get the win, I would like to unify against Gary Russell or Lee Selby, and whoever is in that division.”
Santa Cruz said that he is ready to beat Frampton and that he has the blueprint and the training regimen needed to win back his world title.
"With this fight, it’s going to be way different," Santa Cruz said. "My dad is going to be there the whole time. I didn’t train as I had to before."
Both fighters will meet once more on January 28, 2017 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada for Frampton's WBA (super) featherweight title.