Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz II: an all-you-need-to-know guide

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What is it?
It’s the fight for the WBA Super and vacant WBC Diamond world featherweight titles, between holder Carl Frampton and challenger Leo Santa Cruz, with The Ring magazine belt at stake.

It’s also a rematch. Frampton took the title from Santa Cruz back in July, having stepped up a weight division after unifying at super-bantamweight.

When is it?
It’s this weekend –– Saturday, January 28, though if you’re watching in the UK it will be in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Where is it?
The fight is taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
What time does it start?
As with all boxing nights, it largely depends on how quickly the undercard fights progress. It should be around 3am GMT.

What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports 1 will be broadcasting the fight night from 1am GMT.
Alternatively –– and if you can’t get to a television –– you can follow the action courtesy of Elliot Foster on our live-blog.

When is the weigh-in?
The weigh-in took place at around 10pm GMT on Friday, with both fighters making weight reasonably well.
Both Frampton and Santa Cruz were comfortably inside the featherweight limit, each tipping the scales at 125 pounds.

What are the fighters’ records?
Carl Frampton
Fights – 23
Won – 23
KOs – 14
Lost – 0
Drawn – 0

Leo Santa Cruz
Fights – 34
Won – 32
KOs – 18
Lost – 1
Drawn – 1

What are they saying?
Carl Frampton
The rematch is the fight we wanted. I enjoyed our first fight in New York. The atmosphere was fantastic and the fight lived up to the hype.

On January 28 I will be better and I will win more convincingly. I know the way Leo fights, he throws a lot of punches and he is brave, but his style suits me.

It has always been a dream of mine to headline in Las Vegas and I cannot wait to get out there and put on a great performance for the American boxing fans and the travelling support from Ireland and the UK.

Leo Santa Cruz

From the moment our last fight ended, when the decision came and I lost the fight, I knew my only goal was to get my belt back.

When I sat in the locker room afterwards, I felt more motivated than ever to get back in the gym. All I’ve thought about since the fight was this rematch.

There won’t be any distractions in this camp. I’ll be heading into the fight with a better game plan. I’m putting in 100 per cent in training and I’m excited to get in the ring.

Who are the officials?
Kenny Bayless is tasked with keeping the fight clean after being appointed the third man in the ring, while the three scoring ringside judges will be Glenn Feldman, Dave Moretti and Burt A Clements.

Which other fights are on the card?
Dejan Zlaticanin vs. Mikey Garcia for former’s WBC lightweight world title
Josh Taylor vs. Alfonso Olvera: 10 rounds at super-lightweight
Ivan Redkach vs. Demond Brock: eight rounds at lightweight
David Benavidez vs. Sherali Mamajonov: eight rounds at super-middleweight
Herbert Acevedo vs. Chris Singleton: six rounds at welterweight
Leduan Barthelemy vs. Jesus Aguinaga: six rounds at featherweight
Antonio Santa Cruz vs. Victor Torres: four rounds at bantamweight
Luis Gerardo Perez vs. Javier Cepeda: four rounds at featherweight

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