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Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz: WBA featherweight summer showdown set for July 30 at Barclays Center New York, according to reports

By Claire Williamson

Carl Frampton's summer showdown with Leo Santa Cruz will take place on July 30 at the Barclays Center in New York, according to reports.

The news of the fight broke on Twitter on Friday night with Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan revealing that agreement had been reached to hold the fight this summer.

The Belfast boxer himself then tweeted he will be challenging Mexican superstar Cruz for the WBA featherweight title in the Big Apple late summer.

While an official announcement is yet to be made Showtime told ESPN that the clash would take place on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

This will be the Belfast boxer's first bout since defeating Scott Quigg to unify the super-bantamweight division on February 27 in Manchester.

Earlier this month, Frampton was stripped of his WBA super-bantamweight title.

The title was taken away from the Tiger's Bay man after he did not fight Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Victory would see the Belfast boxer become the first Northern Ireland fighter to win World titles at two weights following his success in the super-bantamweight division.

Speaking previously Frampton said: "I always said that I wouldn't move up to featherweight unless it was for a massive fight and there's not too many bigger fights out there than this.

"It's a really special opportunity, the kind of fight that dreams are made of - and its an opportunity to win the World belt that my manager Barry McGuigan won in 1985.

"It's 30 years since Barry lost the title in Las Vegas to Steve Cruz and now I'm fighting a Cruz for the same title in the States. It's going to bring back a lot of memories for people.

"Some will be saying that Barry lost to a Cruz in America and maybe I will. But I am going there with a lot of confidence."

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