A mouthwatering prospect of a fight between two undefeated world champions. Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz has long been muttered as a potential fight, but now, it will become much more than potential and rather a reality this summer for eager fight fans. Carl Frampton's manager and legendary former boxer Barry McGuigan - broke the news to the delight…
Carl Frampton Gives Up IBF World Title To Fight Santa Cruz At Featherweight
Belfast’s undefeated Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton has relinquished his IBF World super bantamweight belt ahead of his WBA Super World featherweight title challenge of California’s undefeated champion Leo Santa Cruz, on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
In order for Frampton to pursue two-weight World title glory against Santa Cruz this summer, the Northern Irishman must vacate his coveted IBF super bantamweight crown due to mandatory obligations.
The Santa Cruz fight at featherweight made the most financial sense for the hugely popular Frampton but the twenty-nine year old undefeated Belfast native wanted to make clear his gratitude to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) ahead of his World featherweight title challenge.
“I’m delighted to be fighting Leo Santa Cruz for the World featherweight title but I would like to say a huge thank you to the IBF for their professionalism during my time as their super bantamweight champion.”
“I have been a proud IBF World champion for nearly two years and I one day hope to once again become an IBF champion. I wish Shingo Wake (the IBF’s mandatory challenger at super bantamweight) the very best in his championship fight.”
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