The Belfast man lost his WBA "super" featherweight belt and his unbeaten record after Santa Cruz claimed a majority decision victory at the MGM Grand. One judge Burt Clements had it a draw, 114-114 but the other two judges Dave Moretti and Glen Feldman scored it for the Mexican, 115-113 to leave Frampton dethroned of his WBA featherweight crown and heartbroken, but in typical fashion still full of respect and admiration for his opponent.
Trump with his array of executive orders, flagrant self-aggrandizement at Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, and blatant lies about of all issues. inauguration crowd sizes, but boxing, and in particular Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton, showed that boxing is far from a sport in dire need of saving. "Before the fight I said I wanted revenge and I wanted to work hard". "I worked hard. Carl Frampton is a great fighter".
Santa Cruz has promised Frampton a rematch but that will have to be trashed out by the fight bosses behind the scenes. I won the first fight.
"I'm very happy with the performance, we were controlling the pace and distance right away from the first round", Garcia said.
Frampton, who beat the Mexican-American a year ago in NY, said: "Obviously I am very disappointed".
The judges agreed that Santa Cruz won the first, Frampton the third, seventh and eighth, and Santa Cruz closed the show winning the ninth, tenth and eleventh round on all three cards. Congratulations to the new champion and hopefully we can do it again. Santa Cruz's team had created the flawless blueprint outboxing Frampton, but the Mexican couldn't resist a brawl in the middle rounds delighting the crowd. Frampton said last night that he hopes Santa Cruz is a man of his word.
Frampton - 23-0 prior to Sunday - arrived in the United States with plenty of support, with a strong contingent of more than 5,000 Northern Irish fans making the trip from Belfast and helping provide an electric atmosphere.
Frampton's defensive moves might have played well if he were fighting in Belfast, but in Las Vegas, they expect you to put out some effort by actually fighting and not just trying to avoid shots. "I hope Leo is a man of his word". I feel like I have been on the road for two years since I fought at home.
"It definitely felt different having my dad fully there for me in the gym and in the ring", Santa Cruz said. I never was able to get into the fight. "Because once we get in the ring, it's just me and Carl Frampton". A true champion goes anywhere.
The fight was a thrilling display of boxing with both men looking for the win. I think it was fair in the first fight. Each of his losses came at the hands of undefeated fighters who came in highly touted - Ivan Baranchyk, Ryan Karl, and now Taylor.
The two-division titlist Frampton, who was the consensus 2016 Fighter of the Year, told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray that Santa Cruz deserved the decision.