Carl Frampton still hopeful of third fight with Leo Santa Cruz

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'I'm hoping that at some point the (third fight with Santa Cruz) will happen but I need to get past Andres Gutierrez first and that's going to be very hard so I'm only focused on this fight'.

Gutierrez, known as "The Jaguar", was handed his first professional loss previous year when former Santa Cruz victim Christian Mijares beat him on a majority decision, with Gutierrez grossly missing weight for the contest.

"But I need to get past Gutierrez first and that's a really hard fight so I'm completely focused on one man and that isn't Leo Santa Cruz".

The scene is set for an action-packed encounter between two of the best featherweights in the world on July 29th at the SSE Arena Belfast.

"I'm very happy for this news they gave me". I need to get past Gutierrez first and that's a really hard fight.

"I wanted this to be in a big arena but it just wasn't to be".

"I'm disappointed he hasn't come but, look, it's one each between us and I'm hoping that fight will happen at some point". Frampton is a world-class fighter who has won many world titles and I respect him but it's my time on July 29th.

"I have been looking for Santa Cruz for a long time but he never agreed to the fight". It's brilliant that Carl is having a home fight and he is in against a very unsafe opponent in Andres Gutierrez.

"I will need to be at my best and, if I'm not, I may lose this fight". Carl has been in camp for a number of weeks and is already well into his preparations for this fight. While this is officially a world title eliminator, it reads more as a tune-up or bounce-back fight.