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Carl Frampton will fight Leo Santa Cruz in New York this July

BoxingBy Sean McGoldrick
Frampton during his victory against Scott Quigg in February
Frampton during his victory against Scott Quigg in February

The much anticipated boxing showdown between Ireland's Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz for the latter's WBA Super World featherweight title will take place at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, July 30.

Frampton, who dethroned WSB super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg in Manchester in February, is now chasing a second world crown against the undefeated Santa Cruz.

"This is the fight I wanted and I'm one hundred percent confident that the belt will be coming home to Belfast," said Frampton.

The WBA featherweight belt resonates deeply in the Frampton camp as his manager Barry McGuigan held it before suffering a shock defeat to the unheralded Steve Cruz in Las Vegas in 1986.

"It is fitting that I will have a chance to recapture this title," said Frampton.

The Irish fighter, with a 22-0 record, will defend his title against Santa Cruz (32-0-1).

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

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

If Frampton 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."