Friday 22 September 2017

Carl Frampton reveals fight to get a pint at his Las Vegas party after defeat to Leo Santa Cruz

Ali Gordon

Carl Frampton has revealed his fight to get a pint at his own Las Vegas party following his bruising defeat to Leo Santa Cruz.

Writing today in his exclusive Sunday Life Sport column Carl tells of the comical episode after he honoured his promise to join his fans for a drink the following day at the Nine Fine Irishmen in Vegas.

Former champion Carl had organised the event at the bar as a thank you to the travelling ‘Jackalites’ but the Vegas barman apparently didn’t recognise the ex-featherweight champion.

“I had waited 20 minutes and there was no sign of me getting a drink and when I went up to order a round the guy says, ‘Have you got a wristband? Only those with a wristband can get a drink’.

Carl Frampton hugs Leo Santa Cruz after their featherweight title boxing match. Photo: AP
Carl Frampton hugs Leo Santa Cruz after their featherweight title boxing match. Photo: AP

“I politely explained I had organised the event!”

The sporting hero from Tigers Bay has also opened up about his heartache at losing for the first time in his professional career.

“I tried to watch the fight with Leo Santa Cruz again but only got two rounds in when I had to turn it off, it was too raw for me — it was just too annoying,” said father-of-two Frampton, who had to surrender his world featherweight title.

“I’ll let things settle down before I watch the whole fight… I don’t know when I’ll be able to watch it all again.”

Frampton admits that he was only at “70 per cent of what I can be and Santa Cruz was at his best”, and there was only one person who he wanted to see after the defeat — his wife Christine. “When I walked away from the ring the first person I wanted to see was Christine, but one of the officials wouldn’t let me get to her so it was only when I got back to the changing room that I got speaking to Christine and it was very emotional.”

While the spoils of victory went to Santa Cruz, Frampton has walked tall in defeat, but he feels Santa Cruz will lose respect if he turns down the chance to make it a boxing trilogy. Negotiations have already started to bring Santa Cruz to Belfast, with Windsor Park the desired option for the former champion.

“It’s been a tough week to say the least, coming to terms with the loss of my world title, and now all I want is the chance to get it back straight away,” he said.

“My team are now working on the third fight, they’re in negotiations and whatever happens my next fight will be in Belfast.

Leo Santa Cruz, left, hits Carl Frampton during their featherweight title boxing match. Photo: AP
Leo Santa Cruz, left, hits Carl Frampton during their featherweight title boxing match. Photo: AP

“I’ve been on the road for a long time and my fans, many who can’t afford to travel, deserve the chance to see me fight at home.

“Leo Santa Cruz is a great guy, the two of us have shown each other respect in two great fights but I feel he will lose some respect if he doesn’t honour his word and fight me in Belfast this summer.”

Belfast Telegraph

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