With Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 knockouts) and Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) scheduled to go at it on Showtime in just a few weeks, Frampton is gearing up for the bout and talking about what will make him different than any of Santa Cruz's previous opponents. As Frampton tells RingTV.com, he packs a bigger wallop than Santa Cruz is used to...
"He's never lost, never been stopped," Frampton told RingTV.com on Thursday at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn. "He's never been (hurt). But I don't believe he's been hit by someone who can punch as hard as me yet. And we're going to see. That's the plan. The main thing is to win but I believe I've got the power to knock him out."
Frampton will be moving up in weight for this fight, instead of taking on Guillermo Rigondeaux in a WBA junior featherweight mandatory title defense, but says his decision was ultimately to take the most lucrative bout available.
"The money to fight Santa Cruz is much more than the money to face Rigondeaux," he said. "I get three, four times the money to fight Santa Cruz."
Should Frampton be able to pull off a win in this fight, claiming the WBA world featherweight title, Frampton would be interested in then unifying titles with IBF titilist Lee Selby. Since both fighters are aligned with Al Haymon, that should be a relatively easy fight to make. But before any of that can be hashed out, Frampton has a tall order in front of him in Leo Santa Cruz.