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New York bound Carl Frampton World title fight night against Leo Santa Cruz on Broadway

By David Kelly

Published 23/04/2016

Broadway bound: Carl Frampton
Broadway bound: Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton will bid to become a two-weight World champion when he challenges WBA World featherweight king Leo Santa Cruz this summer in New York in a million dollar contest.

Frampton, the current IBF super-bantamweight kingpin, will be aiming to become the first boxer from Northern Ireland to win World titles at two different weights.

Immediately after the Jackal defeated British super-bantamweight rival Scott Quigg in February, the Santa Cruz camp were on the phone with the intention of securing a showdown with the Belfast man at 9 stone.

Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan will announce a date and venue next week for what he believes will be "a contender for fight of the year".

Iconic Madison Square Garden, off Broadway, is one possibility.

McGuigan said: "We're delighted that we have got the deal done for the fight with Santa Cruz.

"It's a huge fight and these are the kind of fights that Carl wants to be in.

"I am convinced that it's going to be the fight that everybody hoped the Quigg fight would be. Santa Cruz never stops throwing punches so Carl is going to have to be in the shape of his life and he will be."

McGuigan added: “It’s a really hard fight because Santa Cruz is a formidable fighter, a World champion at three weights but I am convinced Carl can win.”

Frampton-Santa Cruz will be screened live on top American channel Showtime coast to coast, while a UK broadcaster has yet to be announced along with further details of the mouthwatering clash which will be confirmed next week.

Santa Cruz, a former WBC bantamweight and super-bantamweight champion, has regularly said that he would relish a battle with Frampton — calling out the Jackal on many occasions following wins at super-bantam.

After Frampton defeated Hugo Cazares in a WBC super-bantamweight title eliminator in 2014, the Belfast man became the mandatory challenger but the Mexican’s camp made it clear they were going to make him wait and so the Jackal moved on and dethroned former IBF champion Kiko Martinez.

Santa Cruz retained his WBA featherweight title with a stoppage victory over Martinez on February 27, just hours after Frampton had outpointed Quigg at the Manchester Arena.

Frampton was the one name on the lips of Santa Cruz and negotiations started almost immediately for a fight that the world of boxing is eager to see.

The New York show is also expected to feature Limerick’s former World champion Andy Lee challenging Daniel Jacobs for the WBA World middleweight title.

Lee had his WBO middleweight belt ripped away from him after being outpointed by Billy Joe Saunders in December.

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