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Determined Carl Frampton aims to make history in the Big Apple against Leo Santa Cruz

By David Kelly

Published 29/04/2016

Fired up: Carl Frampton can’t wait
Fired up: Carl Frampton can’t wait

Carl Frampton is relishing the opportunity of emulating manager Barry McGuigan by becoming the WBA World featherweight king on July 30.

Frampton will tangle with champion Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn after the date and venue were confirmed, with many of the Jackal Army expected to jet in to the Big Apple.

The 29-year-old Belfast man has now officially relinquished his IBF World super-bantamweight belt in order to challenge Santa Cruz, who is already a three-weight World champion.

Should the Jackal triumph in New York, he would become the first Northern Ireland fighter to win World titles at two different weights - having become the first Irish boxer to unify World titles after he outpointed Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in February.

"It's going to be special fighting in New York and it would be great to win the belt that Barry had," said Frampton, who will have golf superstar Rory McIlroy at ringside for the blockbuster showdown with Santa Cruz.


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