Santa Cruz beats Frampton for WBA featherweight belt

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Leo Santa Cruz reclaimed the WBA featherweight title Saturday night with a majority decision over Carl Frampton.

In their second fight in six months, the 125-pound fighters thrilled the crowd with furious exchanges over a grueling 12 rounds, with Santa Cruz (33-1-1) avenging his only loss.

Using a punishing jab that often left Frampton (23-1) out of position, Santa Cruz landed more punches even as Frampton often effectively eluded blows. Santa Cruz delivered another flurry in the 11th round and withstood Frampton’s aggression in the 12th.

Judge Burt Clemens scored the fight 114-114, while Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman had it 115-113.

In the co-main event, Mikey Garcia (36-0) stopped Dejan Zlaticanin (22-1) in the third round to take the WBC lightweight crown and make him a three-division champion.

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