IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton will move up a weight division to face Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title in New York this summer. The 29-year-old Northern Irishman defeated Scott Quigg in February, but has side-stepped a tough-looking fight against the talented Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux by moving up in weight.
Following his fight against Quigg, Frampton suggested he would move up to featherweight to face either IBF champion Lee Selby or WBA holder Santa Cruz. And his promoter Barry McGuigan has revealed a specific date for the fight against Sant Cruz will be confirmed next week.
Meanwhile, Frampton also took to Twitter to confirm the fight, revealing he was looking forward to facing Santa Cruz in New York. "The Jackal vs @leosantacruz2 for the WBA featherweight title in the big apple late summer! #AndTheNew #TwoWeightWorldChamp (sic)," Frampton posted on Twitter on Friday, 22 April.
The much-anticipated bout promises to be the toughest test of Frampton's career, with neither fighter having been defeated in the professional ranks.