The 86th Floor Observation Deck of the Empire State Building, home to one of the most iconic views in the world, played host to the very first faceoff between Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and Carl “The Jackal” Frampton as the undefeated fighters and their teams met for the first time Tuesday to formally kick off the joint fight week festivities.
WBA Featherweight champion Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) will defend against the former unified 122-pound world champion Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) in this Saturday’s main event live on Showtime (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Prior to Tuesday’s faceoff, Santa Cruz and his family, which included his ailing father, were officially welcomed to the state by the Consul General of Mexico, which hosted an event at the Mexican Consulate in association with Mano a Mano, a nonprofit that is dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture in and around the New York area.
Dozens of media members were in attendance as were fans who waited to take a photo with Santa Cruz.
Speaking to the large gathering, Consul General Diego Gomez Pickering said, “Mexican immigrants are an asset to the United States. They are artists, chefs, doctors, lawyers, athletes and, yes, boxers. Leo Santa Cruz is a living example and has become a role model for Mexican-American youth.
“Without a doubt, Leo is the best example of the talent that can be found in the Mexican-American community. I take personal pride today in welcoming Leo to New York City. I would like to thank Leo for the great inspiration he is to all of us.”