Frampton vs Santa Cruz II: Get ready for a brawl, says Leo Santa Cruz

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Leo Santa Cruz has promised to meet Carl Frampton head on in an all-out brawl.

'El Terremoto' is predicting another explosive encounter on Saturday night when he tries to win back his WBA Super featherweight title in the Las Vegas rematch, live on Sky Sports.

Santa Cruz admits he will need to produce the best performance of his career to avenge the first loss to Frampton but is ready to go all out in typical Mexican style.

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"We've been working on some little things in the gym," he said.

"We're going to be smarter but as a Mexican fighter, I'm going to give the fans a great fight. Every time I step into the ring, I'm trying to please the fans.

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"I can use my distance and box if I wanted to, but I want to brawl. I want to bring my heart to the ring and entertain the fans. I'm going to do a little bit of everything.

"I'm going to be the smarter fighter and I'm going to do what I have to do to win this fight. I think this fight is going to be even better than the first fight."

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Santa Cruz's father, Jose, has been with him from the very start and after winning the battle with cancer that kept him away from the first Frampton fight, his son is more motivated than ever.

The July split-decision defeat was the three-weight world champion's first loss as a professional but with his father in attendance and the chance to win back his featherweight belt, Santa Cruz is confident he will look better than ever.

"I need to really fight the best fight of my career," he said.

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"This is a huge fight and it's the main event in Las Vegas. This is what I dreamed of. I'm seeing the benefits of all of the hard work I've put in.

"Carl is a great fighter with great skills. He's very respectful and I know that he does this for his family too.

"When you do this for your family, you do it with heart and hunger and you leave everything in the ring."

Watch Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz II in Las Vegas, live on Sky Sports 1, from 1am on Sunday, January 29.

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