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Carl Frampton: Fight with Santa Cruz is the 'most exciting fight out there'

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Carl Frampton is focused on facing Leo Santa Cruz, and says he thinks it's the best fight to be made.

Scott Heavey

Carl Frampton apparently isn't giving any real consideration to fighting Guillermo Rigondeaux, whose team made a Twitter challenge this week after Frampton smashed Hugo Cazares, and is still focused on a shot at WBC titleholder Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton's win over Cazares does make him the mandatory challenger.

"(Santa Cruz) wants to be in blockbuster fights and me against him would be huge. It is the most exciting fight out there right now and I think he will want it even more now."

Manager Barry McGuigan says that he will make a good offer to bring the fight to Belfast, which Santa Cruz has said previously he does not mind doing:

"We are going to make an outstanding proposal to Santa Cruz financially and hopefully he will come over to Belfast. The sooner we can get it on the better. He has got morals and I believe he genuinely wants to fight Carl. It is all about sitting down and hammering out the deal."

Whether or not Santa Cruz has morals, it will be about money. Santa Cruz is advised by Al Haymon and promoted by Golden Boy, who will no doubt have some potential questions about sending a marketable young titlist overseas to fight another one on the challenger's home turf. Wherever it happens, though, I think we can expect this one to happen this summer or fall. The fight is too good, the promoters get along, and both guys want it.