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There is a rematch clause for Leo Santa Cruz in fight with Frampton

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Photo by: Andy Samuelson/ Premier Boxing Champions

Photo by: Andy Samuelson/ Premier Boxing Champions

There was a little confusion in the post-fight news conference on whether Leo Santa Cruz had a rematch in the contract for his bout with Carl Frampton.

While Frampton’s camp claimed that no clause existed, a source involved in the fight told otherwise. There is in fact a rematch clause written into the agreement, the source said, and Santa Cruz has the power to exercise it immediately or he could go through with an intervening fight before applying the contractual provision. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because of a confidentiality agreement related to contractual matters.

Judging by his comments in the press conference following his exhilarating majority decision loss for his featherweight title, Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 knockouts) wants to get Frampton in the ring as soon as he can. “I just want the rematch,” Santa Cruz said. “Wherever he wants it. I want it in LA but if he wants it in Belfast, I could go to Belfast as well. I’m 100% ready.”

Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) spoke of having a rematch in his hometown of Belfast or even back in New York, where he enjoyed the lion’s share of the crowd support on Saturday. “It would be a great fight and one that I’d be happy to do,” Frampton said. “I would love to bring him over to Belfast so that way you could sell out a stadium if you do it at the right time of the year.”

But Santa Cruz had other ideas. He said because he trekked to New York, knowing Frampton would have most of the support for the first fight, the rematch should be in Los Angeles, where he is from. “I would want the rematch in LA,” he said. “We came over here to New York and he had almost all the people behind him, all the Irish people here. So I think that helps him a little, but I don’t take nothing from Frampton. He’s a great champion, a great fighter. But we want the rematch, and hopefully it’s in LA.”

Santa Cruz referenced facing featherweight titleholder Lee Selby if he won in the days leading up to the fight. Now that he lost, he’s fixated on eradicating the only loss on his resume. “Right now, all I can think of is the rematch against Carl Frampton,” he said. “Hopefully we can get it.”