Carl Frampton vows to come back stronger from first defeat

Carl Frampton says he will come back a stronger boxer after his Las Vegas defeat at the hands of Leo Santa Cruz.

The Northern Irish fighter is expected to meet Mexican Santa Cruz for a third time and is desperate for the trilogy to be completed in Belfast.

However, another big-money meeting in the United States seems more likely.

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“I do not believe there is a man in and around this weight division who could beat me in Belfast,” said the 29-year-old deposed WBA featherweight champion.

“Hopefully Santa Cruz can come – I don’t know if he will.”

Santa Cruz, a three-division world champion, regained his title on a deserved majority verdict at a packed MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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