Frampton goes up in weights for lucrative Santa Cruz bout
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.