Last night in Brooklyn saw Carl Frampton produce the performance of his career to beat Leo Santa Cruz on points to secure his 23rd win.
In his first professional bout in the Featherweight division, Frampton looked at home and comfortable as he put up a superb display.
Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton started the better of the two fighters with constant pressure being applied on Santa Cruz, ultimately ending the battle by rocking the Mexican fighter with a series of powerful, sharp punches.
As the fight progressed, the Northern Irishman seemed to be producing an assured and measured performance being well ahead on the judges’ scorecards.
The challenger managed to compose himself throughout the match and deal with a large amount of lethal combinations in a short space of time, therefore, enabling him to battle to the end of the fight and win the coveted title in his very first clash against the unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz.
“It’s a dream come true,” Frampton said afterward. “I had the dream of winning a world title and I won it, but I never thought I’d win in two divisions. It was a tough fight, I wanted it to be a tough fight because I wanted a fight the people could remember.”
Further talking about how he planned to minimise Cruz’s advantage, he told: “Distance control and hitting hard, I won the fight because I didn’t lose control. I earned his respect early in the fight with my distance control and hard punching. I would love to take this man to Belfast for a rematch and show the people there what a great fighter he is.”