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Barry McGuigan hoping that Leo Santa Cruz will honour rematch in Belfast

The scorecards above show how close the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz WBA featherweight title fight ended after 12 blistering rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the weekend.

One judge scored the contest a draw at 114-114, but the other two gave it 115-113 in Santa Cruz's favour and the Mexican took the victory.

But Frampton's manager, former world featherweight champ Barry McGuigan, says he is ``100 per cent confident’’ that Frampton will win back the WBA title in a third clash with Santa Cruz.

McGuigan accepted that his fighter had been uncharacteristically off the pace early on but said his camp ‘’won’t be making excuses’’.

Now McGuigan has called on Santa Cruz to honour his agreement to face Frampton in a third, defining rumble at Windsor Park this summer.

“We’ve come twice to America,” said McGuigan.

“I spoke to Al (Haymon, US boxing mogul) and he says we’re going to have a third fight. Al is the big player but he (Santa Cruz) has to be honourable.

“I don’t like the fact that he said ‘oh, there’s a lot of great fights out there’. He said there were options and that kind of concerns me.”  

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