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Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz New York title fight to be shown on BoxNation

By Claire Williamson

Not heading to New York to see undefeated Carl Frampton take on unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz? Fear not, as it will be shown exclusively on BoxNation.

The highly-anticipated showdown between the fighters takes place on Saturday, July 30 at the Barclays Center in New York - where someone's perfect record will go.

Belfast's Frampton with a record of 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.

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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.

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

'I'm ready for the biggest fight of my career'

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.”

'I always fight for the fans'

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."

Chairman of BoxNation Frank Warren said he is "delighted" to land the fight on BoxNation.

He said: "It is great to have Carl back fighting on our channel, the same place he won his first World Title back in 2014.”

"Both Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz are renowned for their exciting and all-action fighting styles. This is a genuine 50-50 fight and one that has been talked about for a while, so we are very pleased that BoxNation will be the UK and Irish broadcaster of a showdown that has all the makings to go down in the history of the sport.”

Frampton v Santa Cruz is exclusively live on BoxNation (Sky/Freeview/Virgin/TalkTalk/Online & App) on July 30.

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