WBA featherweight champion Carl Frampton has announced that his blockbuster rematch with Leo Santa Cruz has now been officially agreed. Such confirmation comes three months after 'The Jackal' travelled across the Atlantic and became the first boxer from Northern Ireland ever to win world titles in two different divisions with a tremendous majority decision victory at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Revealing the news via his Twitter account, Frampton said: "Done deal! The rematch vs Leo Santa Cruz is on!!! More news to come soon #AndStill."
Frampton's victory in July was the first defeat of three-weight world champion Santa Cruz's 34-fight professional career. The initial agreement contained a rematch clause and father Jose Santa Cruz revealed last month that it was "very important" that the second bout took place either in the fight capital of Las Vegas or Los Angeles.
"Well it seems that the plans are going well and [Frampton] will provide a direct rematch as my son wanted," he told ESPN Deportes. "My son has returned to the gym. He said it could be in Las Vegas or Los Angeles. Let's hope so.
"Leo has not signed anything but they have already said yes to doing the fight, which will be a direct rematch. We are just missing the date and venue but it would be the end of the year in one of those two locations."
Speaking to the Irish News recently, Frampton, who beat long-time rival Scott Quigg in a surprisingly dour super-bantamweight unification fight earlier this year, claimed it was "doubtful" that he would face Santa Cruz again before Christmas and instead said that the fight was likely to take place in January or February 2017.
With regards to a potential venue, he insisted there were options both at home and in the Unites States while admitting that his preferred location, Belfast, was unlikely with The Odyssey probably too small to pay what his opponent wants and it being the wrong time of year to stage anything outside at Windsor Park. However, he did express confidence that he would likely return to the home of Linfield FC and the Northern Ireland football team for a future clash with IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby.
Exact details regarding the rematch between Frampton and Santa Cruz are expected to be released later on Thursday (20 October).