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Carl Frampton wants Cruz trilogy of bouts

Press Association logoPress Association 29/01/2017

Carl Frampton has called on Leo Santa Cruz to complete the trilogy with a final showdown in Belfast after losing his WBA featherweight title in Las Vegas.

Frampton was beaten for the first time in his career on a majority points decision at the MGM Grand as Santa Cruz regained the belt he lost to the Northern Irishman in July.

Santa Cruz is open to the idea of a decider and Frampton wants the fight in his backyard.

"I hope so, I hope he is a man of his word and we can do it in Belfast," he said on Sky Sports 1.

"I have come to the States twice. We could do it four, five, six times. I hope we do it again.

"I am deeply disappointed but let's have a trilogy and have our names linked together forever and hopefully I can win 2-1."

One judge scored the contest at 114-114, but the other two gave it 115-113 in Santa Cruz's favour and the Mexican took a deserved victory.

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