Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton: Winner, Scorecard and Reaction

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 31, 2016

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, world champion Carl Frampton celebrates with after defeating Chris Avalos of the U.S. during the IBF super bantamweight world boxing title fight at the Odyssey arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland. With British fighters holding 13 versions of world titles, the country’s boxing scene is booming and two of those champions face off on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 in a matchup that has been in the making for years. Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton, unbeaten boxers holding the WBA and IBF belts respectively, fight in Manchester to unify super-bantamweight titles. It’s only the third all-British unification fight in the last 23 years. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)
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In an excellent bout, Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KO) traveled to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, to take a majority decision from WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1).

In the process, Frampton took Santa Cruz's title and became a two-division champion. Here's a look at the scorecards, per ESPN Boxing:

From start to finish, this was an action-packed fight. Both men came to fight, and there were few lulls in combat over the 12 rounds.

Showtime announcer extraordinaire Mauro Ranalo described the action as only he can, per Premier Boxing Champions:

The two men threw almost a combined 1,700 punches in the fight. Here's a look at the punch stat numbers from ShoBox:

Frampton set out to put on a show, and you'd have to say he accomplished his mission:

While Santa Cruz was the busier fighter, and he landed more shots, Frampton appeared to connect the more attention-grabbing punches. 

In the third round, he staggered Santa Cruz with a left hook that landed on the top of the hand. Santa Cruz stumbled into the ropes, and Frampton probed and punched in an attempt to finish, but it wasn't possible.

At one point, it looked as if Frampton would turn the fight into a counterpunching exhibition, but Santa Cruz never stopped coming forward. The latter landed his share of noteworthy one-two combinations.

He never appeared to hurt Frampton, but he was doing more than enough to maintain his respect. 

Frampton's prevailing skills in this fight were his speed and accuracy. The percentage of punches landed tell the story as Frampton repeatedly caught Santa Cruz with hard left hands. 

He countered Santa Cruz's long and slow jab to connect with the shots that obviously impressed two of the judges.

The fight was competitive and quite honestly could have gone either way. 

The even scorecard seemed a bit more logical than the one that read 117-111. Ultimately, both men fought a great fight, and their stocks will rise moving forward. 

Could a rematch be in order? Not many fans would complain if that announcement is forthcoming.

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