as informed in (Photo: Getty Images North America)(Photo: Getty Images North America)Frampton, 29, was gracious in defeat and admitted he had no complaints about dropping his first pro loss to a majority decision.
Fast forward to the early hours of Sunday morning and history repeated itself as Frampton lost the same belt to Leo Santa Cruz on his first appearance in Las Vegas.
Frampton was outsmarted by Santa Cruz who did precisely what he said he was going to do by boxing at range to utilise his superior seven-inch reach.
In 1986, McGuigan lost the WBA featherweight title to the unheralded Stevie Cruz in the 110F outdoor heat on his debut on The Strip.
Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid EmailJust like Barry McGuigan all those years before, Carl Frampton was beaten here by a man called Cruz, writes David Anderson in Las Vegas.
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Santa Cruz had his family in tow, and it was the kind of occasion at which they didn’t seem out of place.
I was working with Amir Khan and he had Santa Cruz winning it by two rounds – I had it by four.
There was just a line from Santa Cruz at the final news conference that worried me.
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We’ve done it twice over here and it makes sense for Santa Cruz as well.
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Santa Cruz was excellent, unleashing to perfection a game plan which forced Frampton to abandon his preferred counter-punching role and instead act as the aggressor.
Santa Cruz landed 81 of 417 jabs while Frampton connected with only 28 of 187.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Frampton’s accuracy betrayed him too often against Santa Cruz.
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