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Carl Frampton confirms WBA World Featherweight title rematch with Leo Santa Cruz

By Claire Williamson

Carl Frampton's world title rematch with Santa Cruz has been confirmed.

The Belfast boxer made history on July 30 in New York by becoming the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world titles at two different weights, when dethroning WBA World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Frampton, who is managed by Barry McGuigan and coached by Shane McGuigan, is set to announce details of the fight later on Thursday.

Frampton was given a majority points decision by the three judges over 12 rounds.

One judge had it a 114-114 draw, while the other two scored it 116-112 and 117-111 in favour of the Belfast man.

At the time Frampton said: “This is a dream come true for me. As a young boy I dreamed of winning a world title and now I’m a two-weight world champion.

“I’d love to give Leo a re-match because he gave me my chance. I’d love to have it in Belfast and show the public how great a warrior he is.

“I want to thank the incredible support that travelled and the people here in New York have been amazing – I love the east coast and I want to come back.”

Boxing site RingTV reports the fight will take place on January 28 in either New York or Las Vegas.

Both the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Barclays Center is on hold for the same date in New York.

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