Date: 29th January 2017 at 10:14am
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After losing his WBA super-featherweight belt, to Leo Santa Cruz, it?ll be an uneasy trip back to Belfast for Carl Frampton and his team.

It?s never easy coping with that first defeat in your professional career, even more so when you lose the world title belt you worked so hard to win.

But Carl Frampton and his team know that there is more than a fighting chance of getting a third fight with the Mexican champion.

After the fight Frampton?s manager and mentor, Barry McGuigan, had this to say to the media,

?These two young men are fantastic for boxing – they represent everything that is good about the sport. Carl emptied his tank, but didn’t fight technically as well as he could. It was a magnificent fight. I thought Leo deserved to win it.

?I hope they will go back to Belfast, repaying these travelling fans for spending their hard-earned money. We owe it to them to bring it back to Belfast.?

Whereas his trainer, Shane McGuigan, further added,

?No excuses, it was a nip-and-tuck fight. I think we will get Santa Cruz again, and I know Carl has the ability to beat him again.

?We weren’t really expecting to box on the back foot, but we were a bit sluggish. He was a bit tired down the stretch but it is one of those things.?

There was no shame in losing last night, Leo Santa Cruz is an exceptional fighter and a worthy world champion, it?s how Carl Frampton bounces back that?s the big question.