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Frampton goes up in weights for lucrative Santa Cruz bout

Super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton Photo: Sportsfile
Super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton Photo: Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

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.

Irish Independent

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