Carl Frampton and his team tweeted this morning that they have agreed to a deal to face WBA featherweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz, with the fight coming "late summer" and headed to New York City.
Here's the tweet Frampton sent out:
The Jackal vs @leosantacruz2 for the WBA featherweight title in the big apple late summer! #AndTheNew #TwoWeightWorldChamp— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) April 22, 2016
Frampton (22-0, 14 KO) won the IBF, WBA, European, and Commonwealth titles at 122 pounds, and will be moving up to 126 to face Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KO) and attempt to win a world title in a second weight class. Santa Cruz has already won world titles in three weight divisions, at 118, 122, and 126.
This fight was expected, and "late summer" was always the target, but it's good to hear it has been fully agreed to for now, even with some particulars yet to be announced.
Frampton, 29, is coming off of a win over Scott Quigg on February 27 in Manchester, a fight that unified the IBF and WBA titles at 122 pounds. As an action fight, it was disappointing, but it was a big event and a good win for Frampton in the end. Santa Cruz, 27, also fought on February 27, stopping Kiko Martinez in the fifth round of an action packed fight.
Showtime will televise the fight in the United States.