In what could well be one of the fights of the year, Carl Frampton takes on Leo Santa Cruz in New York in the early hours. It’s a fantastic match up between 2 unbeaten fighters in their prime and they both deserve huge credit for taking the gamble. In his last bout, Frampton unified the Super Bantamweight titles by beating long term rival Scott Quigg. Although the fight never turned into the classic that we hoped for, it demonstrated the boxing brain and technical ability of The Jackal.
Leo Santa Cruz is coming off the back of the 2 best wins of his career. He annihilated Kiko Martinez in 5 rounds and beat 2 weight world champion Abner Mares on points. He’s known for his incredible engine, throwing over a hundred punches a round and Carl will have to do something that no one else has managed thus far, he needs to hurt Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz will enjoy a 7 inch reach advantage against Frampton who is moving up a weight for this fight. Frampton is a powerful puncher and an intelligent boxer and he’ll need to put it together and use all of his tools to become a 2 weight world champion tonight.
On the undercard, Frampton’s stablemate, Conrad Cummings takes on Dante Moore. Moore has lost only once in his career and has not been stopped so it should be a good test for the unbeaten Belfast man. Cummings has looked good as a pro, winning 9 out of 10 and drawing against the very under rated Alfredo Melli. He has power but perhaps has been guilty of loading up too much in some fights. He’s a top prospect and has a big chance to impress on a massive night for Irish boxing.
In Massachusetts, Wexford man Niall Kennedy takes on Willie Palms. Palms has been out of action since 2011 but has required a reputation as a tough sparring partner for top American prospects. He’ll certainly know how to handle himself in the ring and should provide Kennedy with much needed rounds. Niall is 4-0 and is coming off the back of an impressive first round knockout of Arthur Saribekian.
Also on the card is Athlone man Paddy Irwin. Paddy is based in the States and is fighting at Light Welterweight. He won his professional debut in 2 rounds and tonight he takes on Khaaliq Core