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Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/16

Frampton vs. Cruz

Boxing: Saturday, July 30, 2016 (Barclays Center)

the Line Frampton +165 / Cruz -190 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the WBA (Super) Featherweight title.

Leo Santa Cruz enters this fight with a 32-0-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Santa Cruz’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a February win over Kiko Martinez. Santa Cruz has established himself as a young superstar in the sport at 27 years old and will be defending his belt for the third time. Santa Cruz has very quick hands and has some pop behind those punches with five of his last nine bouts ending in knockout. Santa Cruz likes to control the pace of a fight and really keeps his opponent on his toes once he gets his offensive attack going. Besides a draw in his second pro fight and a recent matchup against Abner Mares, Santa Cruz has dominated his way through this sport. This will be Santa Cruz’s first fight in New York.

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/16

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Carl Frampton enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 14 knockouts. This will be Frampton’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a February win over Scott Quigg. Frampton made a name for himself in the United Kingdom and will take his second fight ever in the United States. Frampton is the IBF super-bantamweight champion and may be coming off the biggest win of his career yet. Frampton is extremely athletic, moves quickly on defense and has fast hands that produce efficient offense. Frampton has terrific power in his hands that have decided five of his last eight fights by knockout. Frampton has a chance to gain a serious following for those in the United States who haven’t seen him yet. This will be Frampton’s first fight in New York.

This should be a hell of a fight between two champions with undefeated records. Based on the line, I really want to side with Frampton for the upset based on the value. However, Santa Cruz is probably the more polished boxer right now and will be able to take advantage of Frampton’s aggressiveness.

This fight could go either way, but I give the slight edge to Santa Cruz.

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