Carl Frampton steps up to take on Leo Santa Cruz for the world title at featherweight in what is arguably the biggest challenge of both men’s professional boxing career thus far. The fight has now found a television home ahead of the two men’s July 30th clash.
The sizzling showdown between two of the world’s very best fighters has long been mooted but at the Barclays Center in New York on July 30th someone’s perfect record will be lost in a clash that on paper is a fight of the year contender.
Both Frampton and Santa Cruz are aggressive fighters who refuse to take a back step, making this battle one not to miss.
Belfast’s Frampton, with a record of 22 wins and 14 KOs, has vacated his Super-Bantamweight World Titles to make the move up to the 126-pound division where he will challenge Mexican star Santa Cruz (32 wins and 18 KOs), for the WBA Super World Featherweight Championship.
This latest challenge for Frampton comes hot on the heels of his one sided victory back in February 2016 against former World Champion Scott Quigg in Manchester.
Frampton, trained and mentored by father and son duo Barry and Shane McGuigan has set his sights on conquering a second weight division, for the same title Barry McGuigan previously held during his illustrious career.
The acquisition of Santa Cruz v Frampton adds yet another mouth-watering fight to the BoxNation schedule, which is set to air a host of top fights over the coming weeks including Terence Crawford v Viktor Postol and pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez v Liam Smith.
Leo Santa Cruz said:
“I’ve never been to New York before and I’m looking forward to this big opportunity to put on a show for new fans in a new city.”
“I always fight for the fans and I’m excited to be able to do that somewhere I haven’t been before. Frampton is a good fighter. He has power and skills and he moves when he has to, but he has a weak chin. When he gets caught with a good punch, he goes down. He doesn’t like pressure and I have that. I’m looking forward to putting on an exciting show at the Barclays Center and I hope I leave with lots of new fans.”
Speaking ahead of the fight Carl Frampton said:
“I am in terrific shape, I feel fantastic in the gym and I am ready for the biggest fight of my career. On July 30 I will become a two weight world champion. I respect Leo Santa Cruz, he is a great fighter and person, but I am preparing meticulously to overcome any challenge he brings.”
“I cannot wait to hear the crowd at Barclays Center. It is my first time boxing in New York, where some of the greatest fights have taken place. I know there will be a large number of fans travelling from the UK and Ireland but there is also a huge Irish American audience and I am eager to show them all what I can do.”
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