Frampton loss could see Santa Cruz retire

Leo Santa Cruz has hinted that he could retire if he suffers defeat in his rematch against Carl Frampton.

Mexican featherweight Santa Cruz takes on WBA champion Frampton in Las Vegas this weekend looking to avenge the loss he suffered against the Irish fighter last July.

The pair were involved in an absorbing contest in New York, but Frampton emerged victorious by a majority decision to inflict the first defeat of Santa Cruz’s professional career.

Santa Cruz insists he has developed a revised game plan to regain his belt, but if he finishes on the losing side again, then the 28-year-old may consider calling it quits.

“Every fighter fights to be the best and I need to beat the best,” said Santa Cruz.

“My pride won’t allow another fighter to be better than me. But if he beats me two times he’s the better fighter and maybe there is no point for me to keep fighting.

“He thinks that my only style is to go forward and I have no other game plan.

“I have different styles but I just do what the fans love. For this fight I have to be smart and do what I have to do to get the win.”