Date: 28th April 2016 at 5:21pm
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Not too long ago, last week to be precise, we covered the news that the Belfast fighter, Carl Frampton, would be fighting Leo Santa Cruz.

In taking the decision to take on the WBA Super World featherweight title holder, it was acknowledged that Frampton would be moving up a weight.

Today it was announced that the fight, against Leo Santa Cruz, will take place on 30th July, at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, New York.

If Frampton beats Santa Cruz he will become the first boxer from Northern Ireland to win world titles at two different weights.

In order to take the fight against Santa Cruz, Frampton has had to relinquish the IBF belt he has held with distinction but in doing so he has had nothing but kind words to say about the IBF, remarking,

‘I would like to say a huge thank you to the IBF for their professionalism during my time as their super bantamweight champion.

‘I have been a proud IBF World champion for nearly two years and I one day hope to once again become an IBF champion.’


And on taking on the champion, Frampton added,

‘This is the fight I wanted – me and my team have been chasing it for a long, long time.

‘I’m 100% confident that the belt will be coming home to Belfast. It is the one my manager Barry McGuigan held 30 years ago.

‘Santa Cruz is a strong and aggressive undefeated champion but his style is made for me.

‘We know we have the tools to beat Leo. He throws a lot shots and is a proven operator. It is going to be a great fight.?


It is and it is one we?ll all look forward to.