Results: Leo Santa Cruz wins in exciting rematch over Carl Frampton
By Joseph Correa
MGM Grand, Las Vegas- In what was a very exciting rematch between Carl Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) and Leo Santa Cruz (33-1, 18 KOs) Santa Cruz won a twelve round majority decision to capture the WBA featherweight championship. The scores read 114-114, 115-113, 115-113.
The first round proved to be an exciting one as both men traded hard shots on the inside and established a fast pace which has the fans rabid at the MGM Grand.
In round two, Santa Cruz changed his strategy and started sticking his jab to great effect against Frampton effectively keeping him at range so he could counter.
The third round saw both men having moments as Santa Cruz continued to use his jab to set up his offense and Frampton using his movement to mount his own attack.
In the fifth round, Santa Cruz stepped up the pressure some landing very effective jabs and counter right hands landing some good shots to punctuate the round.
The sixth round saw Frampton trying to mount an attack only to be slowed by vicious body shots from Santa Cruz. Frampton was able to close the round strong but he was clearly bothered by the shots to the body early in the round.
The seventh round was a more even paced round as both fighters moved inside and fought for position and both men landing good shots in a very close round.
The eighth and ninth rounds both Frampton and Santa Cruz started to engage one another which continued into the tenth round as well with Santa Cruz having a slight edge in effective landed punches.
The eleventh round started with Frampton jumping on Santa Cruz, smothering him with his attack and effectively scoring with shots inside.
The twelfth and final round started like the fight began, all action. Both men were throwing and landing some big shots with neither man having the advantage. It was a great way to close out the fight and the fans were not disappointed.
As a fight fan, you'd have to think a third match-up between these two is in the cards for the future.
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