CONFIRMED: Carl Frampton will fight for a world title in New York this summer
Undefeated Belfast world super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton will challenge Mexican Leo Santa Cruz for his WBA World super featherweight title in New York this summer in the multi-million dollar showdown.
The news was confirmed tonight 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 100% record of British boxer Scott Quigg in a unification fight for the super bantamweight belts.
29-year-old Frampton was subsequently stripped of the WBA version of the title for declining to face a mandatory defence against Cuban Guillermo Rigondeux.
But the Frampton camp has always had Santa Cruz in their sights and it now looks like the fight will become a reality.
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 highly rated with a 32-0-1 record. Eighteen of his wins have been achieved via knockout while Frampton has stopped 14 of his 22 opponents.
In the most recent defence of his super featherweight title Santa Cruz defeated Spain's Kiko Martinez in February.
Frampton claimed the IBF version of the super bantamweight crown when he beat Martinez in Belfast in 2014.