Santa Cruz: I need to be ‘perfect’ to beat Frampton

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Leo Santa Cruz admits he will have to be near-perfect if he is to get the better of Carl Frampton in next month’s eagerly-anticipated rematch.

Santa Cruz lost his WBA featherweight title, and in the process his unbeaten record, when he was outpointed by Ireland’s Frampton in New York, in July.

The two meet again in Las Vegas on January 28, with three-weight former world champion Santa Cruz in no doubt over what it will take to overcome Frampton.

“Carl Frampton is a great fighter, a great champion, and I know he’s not going to lose that belt easily,” said Santa Cruz.

“He’s going to come in with everything, even better than the first fight so, me, I’ve got to give my best performance and I’ve got to go out there and do everything almost perfectly to get the win.

"I didn’t lose to just anybody, I lost against Carl Frampton – a great fighter, undefeated and I don’t think I lost nothing.

“It wasn’t my night but for the rematch I’m going to be twice as ready and go out and look for the win this time.”