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Ward-Townend on GGG-Brook bill

Last Updated: 15/07/16 4:07pm

Martin J Ward outpointed Ruddy Encarnacion in his most recent fight

Martin J Ward outpointed Ruddy Encarnacion in his most recent fight

Martin J Ward outpointed Ruddy Encarnacion in his most recent fight

Martin J Ward and Andy Townend will contest the vacant British super-featherweight title on the Gennady Golovkin-Kell Brook bill.

Ward (14-0-2-KO7) will defend his unbeaten record against the dangerous Townend (16-3-0-KO11), who has not lost for more than two years and has twice stopped challengers for his English title.

The fight is the latest announced for the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office? card which features three world title contests and the latest step in Conor Benn’s professional career.

“This is another outstanding match-up on an already packed night of boxing,” promoter Eddie Hearn said.

Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin at their opening press conference

Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin at their opening press conference

Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin at their opening press conference

“Martin has done his apprenticeship and is now ready for the Lonsdale Belt against a very dangerous Andy Townend – it’s a real ‘pick em’ championship fight.”?

Ward said: “I can’t wait to finally get in the ring and fight for the British title. It’s the belt that all British fighters want to win and to fight for it on such a huge bill is great.

“Andy has been in great form and shown he has got power at the weight, but I believe I’ll have too much for him and it promises to be a great fight.”

London’s O2 Arena will host a bill topped by Brook’s challenge for Golovkin’s three middleweight titles.

Golovkin and Brook top the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office bill

Golovkin and Brook top the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office bill

Golovkin and Brook top the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office bill

Lee Haskins defends his IBF bantamweight belt against Stuart Hall, while? Charlie Edwards fights Johnriel Casimero for the IBF flyweight title.

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Wilder ready for Arreola

Last Updated: 16/07/16 1:07am

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday's heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday's heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder has vowed to take out the frustration of his postponed world title defence on Chris Arreola when the pair meet in the ring in Birmingham, Alabama at the weekend.

Wilder faces Arreola on Saturday night,? live on? Sky Sports, in the fourth defence of his WBC heavyweight title after a scheduled defence against Alexander Povetkin was called off due to a failed drugs test.

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

“I’ve wanted to hit somebody since May,” said the undefeated knockout specialist, who boasts a record of 36 wins, with 35 by stoppage.

“Does he deserve the title shot, no he doesn’t,” added Wilder about replacement Arreola, who is attempting to win a world title at the third time of asking.

“But for this situation that we’re in with the short notice, is he the perfect guy? You’re right, he is.”

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Arreola (36-4-1-KO31) returns to the ring for the first time this year after his December win over Travis Kauffman was changed to a no decision following a positive test for marijuana.

The 35-year-old battled to a draw against Fred Kassi in his previous fight and beat Curtis Harper 15 months ago in his first bout after losing a title contest to Bermane Stiverne.

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

“This is my third opportunity,” said Arreola, who was stopped on his stool after 10 rounds by Vitali Klitschko in 2009 in his first title shot. “I can’t let this opportunity slip away.

“I respect Deontay. But once the bell rings, it’s time to go fight and it’s time to get that title. I want that title.”

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Wilder agreed a voluntary defence against Arreola in a bid to stay active in his quest to unify the division and to distance himself from the legal fallout that followed the postponement of the Povetkin bout.

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

The Russian, who tested positive for a trace of newly-banned drug meldonium, claims a new test has proved he was clean and his camp are now threatening to sue.

Wilder knocked out Polish challenger Artur? Szpilka in his last fight in January.

Wilder polishes off Polish challenge

Deontay Wilder destroys Artur Szpilka with a stunning knockout

“This is the longest stretch that I’ve been out of the ring and I’m anxious to get back in and continue my quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” added Wilder.

“This is another fight in that process.”

Wilder, however, is not planning on taking challenger Arreola for granted.

“When you’re in the hurt business, you have no choice but to stay focused on the test that lies at hand because if you’re not focused, you can get knocked out.”

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Whyte faces Allen in Leeds

Last Updated: 09/07/16 2:14pm

Dillian Whyte will fight Dave Allen on Sky Sports on July 30

Dillian Whyte will fight Dave Allen on Sky Sports on July 30

Dillian Whyte will fight Dave Allen on Sky Sports on July 30

Dillian Whyte’s comeback will continue against unbeaten heavyweight Dave Allen on July 30, it has been confirmed.

Doncaster’s Allen (9-0-1-KO6) had previously insisted that he would not accept the opportunity on Josh Warrington’s Leeds undercard – live on Sky Sports – due to a lack of preparation, but appears to have had a change of heart.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who confirmed Kell Brook v Gennady Golovkin on Friday night, tweeted: “After yesterday’s news it looks like everyone wants to fight – Leeds July 30 just got even better – @DillianWhyte v @davidthewhiter1 is on!”

Ten-fight up-and-comer Allen, 24, had previously insisted that three weeks’ notice would hand an unfair advantage to Whyte (17-1-KO14), who has been preparing for a fight on the Leeds bill.

But he tweeted: “3 weeks notice? Chin down bombs away last man standing.

3 weeks notice? Chin down bombs away last man standing.

Dave Allen

“Always said if someone gave me a date and a reason to fight them I won’t shy away from anyone @DillianWhyte see you July 30th be ready.”

After Allen previously declined the opportunity due to the short notice, Whyte told Sky Sports last week: “If he doesn’t want to fight me on July 30 then he’s never going to get the chance to fight me.

“I felt sorry for the guy so I offered him the chance to launch his career by getting knocked out by me but the guy is a coward.”

Dave Allen will risk his perfect pro record in his hardest assignment yet

Dave Allen will risk his perfect pro record in his hardest assignment yet

Dave Allen will risk his perfect pro record in his hardest assignment yet

The domestic heavyweight duel will serve as a step up in competition for the Brixton’s Whyte, who is coming back from a shoulder injury sustained in his sole career defeat to Anthony Joshua.

Whyte returned with a knockout win over Ivica Bacurin last month while Allen was last seen beating Jason Gavern in March.

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Brook-GGG deal in 'two days'

Last Updated: 09/07/16 2:09pm

Kell Brook didn't hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook didn't hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook didn’t hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook needed just two days of negotiations to overtake Chris Eubank Jr in the race to fight Gennady Golovkin, the Kazakh’s promoter has said.

British champion Eubank Jr was expected to meet Golovkin but weeks of contract talks didn’t result in an agreement, allowing Brook to jump the queue.

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s representative, has revealed that Brook didn’t think twice about accepting the identical deal that had been offered to Eubank Jr weeks prior.

Loeffler exclusively told Sky Sports: “We thought the Eubank Jr fight was going to happen but, last Wednesday, [Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn] called me and said there’s problems.

“That’s when he suggested he would call Brook, to see if he would be interested in the fight.

“Brook agreed to the fight verbally, and we had the deal done within two days with the same deal that [Hearn] offered to Eubank Jr.

We got the deal done in two days with Brook for the same arena, the same date, same Sky Sports Box Office. Brook wanted to fight.

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“We got the deal done in two days with Brook for the same arena, the same date, same Sky Sports Box Office. Brook wanted to fight – he knows it’s the biggest fight of his career.”

Asked whether he believed Eubank Jr was intentionally pricing himself out of an agreement, Loeffler said: “That’s really a question for Eddie, who was involved in the internal discussions with Eubank.

“But it’s a lot easier when both fighters want to make a fight.

Here's the best bits from Kell Brook's rise

Here's the best bits from Kell Brook's rise

Here’s the best bits from Kell Brook’s rise

“It’s one thing being vocal, and talking about fighting someone.? If you really want to fight, you do what you can to make the fight.”

Brook, the IBF welterweight champion, has never boxed for a title above 147lbs but will jump two weight divisions to challenge for Golovkin’s WBA Super, WBC and IBF middleweight titles.

Gennady Golovkin's best knockouts...

Gennady Golovkin's best knockouts...

Gennady Golovkin’s best knockouts…

But Loeffler has insisted that the assumption Golovkin will have a size advantage is not true.

“It’s not as big a physical difference as people think – Brook is a huge welterweight and Gennady is a small middleweight,” he said.

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook's speed, says Tom Loeffler

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook's speed, says Tom Loeffler

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook’s speed, says Tom Loeffler

“If you see them standing next to each other, Brook is 5ft 9in and Gennady is 5ft 10in. It’s Brook’s speed and experience against Gennady’s power.

“Give Brook a lot of credit for stepping up. It’s a huge opportunity for him – and a huge opportunity for Gennady too.”

The Eubanks declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports.

Kell Brook will challenge for Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight titles on September 10 at London’s 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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'Eubanks made deal impossible'

Last Updated: 09/07/16 1:02pm

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Eddie Hearn has blamed “impossible” demands made by Chris Eubank Jr and Sr for the collapse of a deal to fight Gennady Golovkin.

Negotiations for Eubank Jr to challenge Golovkin for his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles were abandoned when the former failed to sign the fight contract before a deadline specified by Golovkin’s camp.

Kazakh superstar Golovkin will instead defend his titles against Kell Brook on September 10 at London’s O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell's finest

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell's finest

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell’s finest

Speaking about the dramatic turn of events on Sky Sports News HQ, Hearn said: “I worked for three weeks on that fight (Eubank Jr versus Golovkin), negotiating with Chris Eubank Sr. It felt like three years.

“We got into a position where everybody was ready to sign. He (Eubank Jr) was offered the same pay-per-view deal as Anthony Joshua, Carl Froch and the one that Kell Brook accepted.

“Unfortunately they (the Eubanks) made the deal impossible. The things they wanted were just a complete no-go. They were given a deadline and they chose not to take the fight.”

Brook, the IBF’s current welterweight king, will move up two divisions to take on feared knockout artist Golovkin, who has 32 stoppages in 35 unbeaten fights to date.

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Brook had been in talks to take on WBO welterweight champion Jessie? Vargas in a unification bout but jumped at the chance to face Golovkin when Hearn informed him about Eubank Jr missing the deadline to take the fight.

Explaining how the fight came about, Hearn said: “Well, it was madness to be honest with you.

“We were in talks for two separate fights between Chris Eubank Jr. and Gennady Golovkin and also for Kell Brook in a unification clash with Jessie Vargas.

Golovkin to fight Brook

Gennady Golovkin to fight Kell Brook on September 10

“The Eubanks were given a deadline for the fight and chose not to accept it.

“Then all of a sudden I was on the phone to Kell Brook and I said ‘it’s a shame you aren’t a middleweight, you could fight Golovkin’ and he said ‘I’ll fight Golovkin’. I asked if he was serious and he said ‘absolutely, sign me up’.

“Twenty-four hours later he signed the deal and he is fighting the most dangerous man on the planet, the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”

Chris Eubank Jr's career has been carefully crafted by his father

Chris Eubank Jr's career has been carefully crafted by his father

Chris Eubank Jr’s career has been carefully crafted by his father

One man who was less than pleased to see Brook fighting Golovkin was Eubank Jr and he took to Twitter to deny ever being offered a contract to face Golovkin.

Eubank Jr tweeted: “I haven’t been shown one contract since my fight with GGG was announced. I’m still ready & waiting to sign. Fighting Brook is a joke. #2Small”

Despite the difficulties with negotiations, Hearn feels this is a temporary setback for Eubank Jr.

Hearn said: “There is a huge future for Chris Eubank Jr. He can fight the winner later on in the year. He has got a big future ahead of him. He misses out this time but I am sure he will get his shot in due course.”

The Eubanks declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports.

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Khan backs Brook's GGG choice

Last Updated: 08/07/16 7:35pm

Amir Khan has sent a message of support to Kell Brook

Amir Khan has sent a message of support to Kell Brook

Amir Khan has sent a message of support to Kell Brook

Amir Khan has backed Kell Brook’s audacious decision to challenge middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin.

The Sheffield fighter is stepping up two divisions to face the fearsome Golovkin, just a few months after Khan courageously jumped up in weight to battle Saul Alvarez in May.

Khan’s brave bid to claim the WBC middleweight title was ended by a sixth-round stoppage defeat to the Mexican and Brook is attempting an equally daunting task by battling the big-punching Kazakh on September 10 at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Golovkin to fight Brook

Gennady Golovkin to fight Kell Brook on Sky Sports Box Office

But the Bolton man has set aside his bitter rivalry with Brook and expressed his support for a fellow British fighter.

He tweeted: “Great work Eddie, preferred to have seen @ChrisEubankJr fight @GGGBoxing with his style but fair play.

Kell Brook is bidding to become a middleweight world champion

Kell Brook is bidding to become a middleweight world champion

Kell Brook is bidding to become a middleweight world champion

“Behind you 100% @SpecialKBrook glad you took a leaf out of my book, tough ask but anything can happen, just don’t pull out.

“British fighters running the sport of boxing right now, so many fighters willing to fight the best and taking chances.”

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Golovkin to fight Brook

Last Updated: 09/07/16 7:19am

Kell Brook faces the biggest challenge of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook faces the biggest challenge of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook faces the biggest challenge of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin will defend his world middleweight titles against Kell Brook on September 10 at London’s O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Brook, the IBF’s current welterweight king, will jump two divisions to take on the WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion in a bold move which echoes and even surpasses Amir Khan’s decision to tackle Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May.

Golovkin’s pedigree as a savage knockout specialist can be traced more clearly even than Alvarez’s thanks to 32 stoppages in 35 unbeaten fights to date.

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Brook boasts one win more than GGG and is also yet to lose, but the Sheffield man has not fought for a title above 147lbs in his career.

And the Kazakh represents a huge leap in class for Brook after three routine defences of his welterweight belt in the past 16 months, two mandatory and the other against Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin.

Have a look back at some of Golovkin's best knockouts

Have a look back at some of Golovkin's best knockouts

Have a look back at some of Golovkin’s best knockouts

‘Eubanks made deal impossible’

‘Impossible’ demands cost Chris Eubank Jr bout with Gennady Golovkin, says Eddie Hearn

“This is the fight and the moment I have been waiting for for some time,” said Brook, who will retain his status as the IBF’s 147lb champ.

“We’ve tried and tried to lure the best to come and fight me and now we’ve got the best of the best – the No 1 fighter in the world is coming to the UK.?

Golovkin knocked down Dominic Wade on the way to his most recent win

Golovkin knocked down Dominic Wade on the way to his most recent win

Golovkin knocked down Dominic Wade on the way to his most recent win

“When this fight got offered to me I accepted within minutes and I can’t wait. Everyone knows I’m a huge welterweight and I know I will carry my speed and accuracy and even more power through the weights.

“This is the ultimate fight, one of the biggest international fights the country has seen in many years – you have seen some huge names run from GGG but I’m running to him. I’m a ‘Special’ fighter and I will show the world on September 10.”

Brook will retain his status as the IBF's welterweight champion

Brook will retain his status as the IBF's welterweight champion

Brook will retain his status as the IBF’s welterweight champion

Promoter Eddie Hearn said:? “I cannot tell you how excited I am for this mega fight. I couldn’t be happier for Kell.

“We have pushed for that big name for a long time with many reluctant to step into the ring with him and now this is the ultimate challenge, the biggest fight of 2016.”

Khan backs Brook

Khan says he is 100% behind British rival

Golovkin said:? “I’m very excited to be fighting in front of the great British boxing fans and promise another ‘Big Drama Show’ against Kell Brook.”

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Warrington plans for war

Last Updated: 04/07/16 5:31pm

Josh Warrington and Patrick Hyland look ahead to their featherweight bout

Josh Warrington and Patrick Hyland look ahead to their featherweight bout

Josh Warrington and Patrick Hyland look ahead to their featherweight bout

Josh Warrington is steeling himself for a toe-to-toe war with former world title challenger Patrick Hyland on July 30, live on Sky Sports.

WBC International featherweight champion Warrington (23-0-KO4) welcomes Hyland (31-2-KO15) to Leeds just over three months after the Irishman was stopped in two rounds by WBC boss Gary Russell Jr in Connecticut.

Having recently overcome Joel Brunker and Hisashi Amagasa with hard-fought points decisions, Warrington believes he is in for a less tactical fight against Hyland, whose last three bouts have taken place in the US.

Eddie Hearn on Warrington vs Hyland

Eddie Hearn on Warrington vs Hyland

Eddie Hearn on Warrington vs Hyland

Warrington said: “Amagasa and Brunker were tough nights but we got the wins. Patrick has respect for me and I’ve got a lot of respect for him.

“He’s boxed for the world title earlier in the year so he’s been in with the very best and I know that this is a tough examination for me.

Warrington (R) dug deep to overcome Hisashi Amagasa last time out

Warrington (R) dug deep to overcome Hisashi Amagasa last time out

Warrington (R) dug deep to overcome Hisashi Amagasa last time out

“I had to box clever in the last few fights, but I think this one will be toe-to-toe. Patrick doesn’t take a backwards step in his fights and I think that I’ll be able to show on July 30 that I can really dig and I think it’s going to be a great main event and one that I’ll shine in.

“This is a great show – it’s the best we’ve done so far in Leeds. The fans have put their hands in their pockets time and time again to come and see me and I think we’re delivering a brilliant card for them. The card oozes talent from top to bottom and it’s going to be a great night.”

The speed of Russell Jr's punching proved too much for Hyland

The speed of Russell Jr's punching proved too much for Hyland

The speed of Russell Jr’s punching proved too much for Hyland

Hyland echoed Warrington’s sentiments and said the vociferous support for the home fighter would motivate rather than deter him.

“I’ve got a lot of fans coming over and the atmosphere is going to be electric,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of Josh’s fights and the noise is deafening so I can’t wait to be part of it.

“Gary Russell Jr is the best in the division. He is so, so fast and speed kills in this sport, but this is a different fight. I like how Josh fights and I’ve wanted to get in there with him to test him out and try to take that future world title shot that he’s looking at for myself. I think that we’ll end up standing toe-to-toe and giving the fans a real war.”

Also on the bill is Tyrone Nurse’s British super-lightweight title defence against Tommy Coyle and Dillian Whyte, Ryan Burnett and Gamal Yafai will also be in action.

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WATCH: Heavy hitters – June

Last Updated: 04/07/16 4:20pm

Watch some of the biggest punches in boxing last month!

Watch some of the biggest punches in boxing last month!

Watch some of the biggest punches in boxing last month!

June was an eventful month for boxing and we cast our minds back to emphatic stoppage wins for the likes of Conor Benn and Demetrius Andrade.

Having endured the frustration of being taken the distance in his second professional bout, Benn was keen to return to action with a more emphatic performance at The O2.

On the same bill, former Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo continued his comeback from an injury-ravaged two years in similarly impressive style – becoming the first man to stop Frane Radnic.

There was also some emphatic action Stateside, with both Dejan Zlaticanin and Demetrius Andrade impressing.

Zlaticanin, who famously beat Ricky Burns in Glasgow two years ago, was at his brutal best as he thumped Franklin Mamani aside to claim the WBC world lightweight crown.

Andrade, who is gearing up for an assault on the world super-welterweight world titles, had to wait until the final round to stop Willie Nelson. When he did, though, it was clinical.

Play the video at the top of the page to see all that and much more on June’s edition of Heavy Hitters…

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Frampton: I need to improve

Last Updated: 04/07/16 2:51pm

Carl Frampton is travelling to the States to take on Leo Santa Cruz

Carl Frampton is travelling to the States to take on Leo Santa Cruz

Carl Frampton is travelling to the States to take on Leo Santa Cruz

Carl Frampton knows he will need to up his game to relieve Leo Santa Cruz of the WBA ‘Super’ featherweight title on July 30.

The Northern Irishman (22-0-KO14) travels to New York to take on Mexico’s Santa Cruz (32-0-1-KO18) and is determined to better his debut on American soil, which saw him recover from a first-round knock-down to beat Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in July 2015.

Frampton, 29, told ESPN: “I need to show the American crowd what I’m capable of.

Everything was just too laid back before I fought Gonzalez, I took it for granted a bit.

Carl Frampton

“I’m better than that, I’m a better fighter than I looked in the first round when Gonzalez put me down twice. It was disastrous but I came back and boxed quite well after that and won on points comfortably.

“That was me at 70 percent and I really need to be at my best to beat Santa Cruz because he’s the best fighter I’ve come up against.

“There was a wee bit of a relaxed atmosphere before I fought Gonzalez. I thought it was going to be easy, the heat wasn’t great either and I boxed in the afternoon, so there was less time to recover from making the weight, which I found hard to do.

Leo Santa Cruz is a three-weight world champion

Leo Santa Cruz is a three-weight world champion

Leo Santa Cruz is a three-weight world champion

“The canvas was very soft, like a mattress, but I’ve learned from those mistakes and I won’t let that happen again.

“I’m boxing on the east coast this time so it will be different and I was only out for eight days before the last fight, but I’m going out sooner for this one.

“Everything was just too laid back before I fought Gonzalez, I took it for granted a bit. Being in that mindset didn’t do making the weight any favours.

Watch how Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unfolded in February

Watch how Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unfolded in February

Watch how Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unfolded in February

“I felt like I was constantly dehydrated and I kept gorging on water. Things were wrong but this time we will be out for four weeks before and I’m going into the fight as the underdog and will be doing things different.”

Frampton will be making the step up from super-bantamweight, where he vacated his IBF and WBA world titles in the wake of beating Scott Quigg.

Santa Cruz, meanwhile, previously held world titles at bantamweight and super-bantamweight. He stepped to featherweight in May 2015 and went on to outpoint fellow Mexican Abner Mares to claim the crown he currently holds.

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