World professional boxing champ

Carl Frampton pictured with the WBA featherweight belt the morning after defeating Leo Santa Cruz.
Carl Frampton pictured with the WBA featherweight belt the morning after defeating Leo Santa Cruz.

Boxing at any level but particularly at the top is about ability but also about ‘belief’.

Most professional boxers have this ‘belief’ in spades but only a few ‘walk the walk’ after ‘talking the talk’.

Newly crowned world champion, Carl Frampton did this recently in his epic battle with Leo Santa Cruz.

I knew that the ‘Jackal’ was fighting at his proper weight this time and that would make him a very powerful opponent but I felt he would have to knock Santa Cruz out to win.

Over the distance I thought that the endurance and longer reach of Santa Cruz would prove significant.

How delighted I was to be wrong and not only was it a great fight to watch but totally sporting and devoid of the hatefulness and bad grace that permeates so much of professional boxing today.

I think both men would have had their trainers tearing their hair out as pre-fight tactics were abandoned as they went toe-to-toe and blow for blow.

From the first decent punch that Frampton threw you could see the surprise on Santa Cruz’s face and after that it was game-on.

A wonderful sporting spectacle that will do much to repair the damaged image of professional boxing around the world.