Carl Frampton to fight Leo Santa Cruz in New York this summer

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Carl Frampton is lifted aloft by coach Shane McGuigan
Carl Frampton is lifted aloft by coach Shane McGuigan

Belfast man Carl Frampton will take on WBA world featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz this summer in New York

Barry McGuigan took to Twitter to confirm that the fight had been agreed between the two camps, with details to follow later next week.

Carl, with a 22-0 record, will defend his title against Santa Cruz (32-0-1), with reports suggesting that the fight could take place at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, in July, however Madison Square Garden could still be on the cards.

29-year-old Frampton defeated Scott Quigg in February on points in a super-bantamweight unification bout, breaking the Manchester fighter's jaw. 

There were reports that immediately after the fight the Santa Cruz camp made contact with Barry McGuigan.

However, his WBA title was later revoked as his camp did not agree to a mandatory fight against Cuban challenger Guillermo Rigondeaux.



If Carl wins he will be the first fighter from Northern Ireland to have won world titles a two different weights.

Barry McGuigan told the Belfast Telegraph:  "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.

“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.”