Frampton goes up in weights for lucrative Santa Cruz bout
Published 23/04/2016 | 02:30
Undefeated world super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton will challenge Mexican Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA world super featherweight title in New York this summer in a multi-million dollar showdown.
The news was confirmed last night in tweets from Frampton's promoter Barry McGuigan and then from the boxer himself. Details of the eagerly-awaited clash will be announced next week.
Earlier this spring Frampton ended the 100pc record of Scott Quigg in a unification fight for the super bantamweight belts.
The 29-year-old Belfast fighter was subsequently stripped of the WBA version of the title for declining to make a mandatory defence against Cuban Guillermo Rigondeux.
The advantage of the fight from Frampton's viewpoint is that it gives him an opportunity to secure a second world title without risking his super bantamweight crown.
Santa Cruz, 27, is a three-weight world champion and is undefeated in his 33 professional contests, with 18 of his wins achieved via knockout. Frampton has stopped 14 of his 22 opponents.