Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz will face off in Las Vegas this Saturday
Frampton faced Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title in New York back in July, taking a majority decision to retain his 23-fight unbeaten record.
It was the first time the Mexican had lost in his profession career and Frampton is confident he can reprise the tactics that brought him victory six months ago.
“In the first fight, distance control was key,” Frampton told US TV station Showtime.
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“I had to hit him hard early on.
“I hurt him in the second round.
“I knew I had to make him respect me, and even though I hurt him early, he kept coming to the end.
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Santa Cruz threw more than 1,000 punches in the first bout in comparison to Frampton’s 668.
However, the Northern Irish fighter believes he has learned enough from that fight to make the rematch an even more comfortable fight.
Carl Frampton beat Leo Santa Cruz back in July in New York
“I’m expecting to win,” Frampton added.
“I believe that Leo is easily my toughest opponent to date.
“I’m going to win this fight easier than the first fight.
“The only man I’ve fought twice as a professional is Kiko Martinez.
Carl Frampton claims to have hurt Leo Santa Cruz in the early rounds
"The first fight was hard but the second one I was in control the whole way.
“I had him sussed out.
“It’s the same with sparring.
“I have a good boxing brain and I can read fighters.”