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Carl Frampton to fight Leo Santa Cruz in New York on July 30 for the WBA world featherweight title

Frampton beat Scott Quigg for two Super-Bantamweight titles earlier this year
Image: Carl Frampton is moving up to featherweight to take on Leo Santa Cruz

Carl Frampton's WBA featherweight title fight with Leo Santa Cruz will take place on Saturday July 30 at the Barclays Center in New York.

Frampton announced on social media last week that he would step up in weight to challenge the highly-rated Mexican champion in the Big Apple and a date has now been set.

Santa Cruz is a three-weight world champion with 32 wins and one draw from his 33 bouts.

Frampton (22-0) defeated Scott Quigg in February to add the WBA super-bantamweight belt to his IBF title.

Leo Santa Cruz
Image: Leo Santa Cruz is undefeated in 33 career fights

The 29-year-old Northern Irishman has set his sights on capturing the title his mentor Barry McGuigan won in 1985 when he defeated Eusebio Pedroza.

Frampton said: "It's fitting that I will have the chance to recapture this title.

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World Champion Carl Frampton receives his MBE from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace

"This is the fight I wanted and I'm 100 per cent confident that the belt will be coming home to Belfast.

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"Santa Cruz is a strong and aggressive undefeated champion, but his style is made for me.

"Myself and my team have been chasing this fight for a long, long time and that's because we know we have the tools to beat Leo.

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Watch how Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unfolded in February

"He throws a lot shots and is a proven operator, it's going to be a great fight."

McGuigan is convinced his charge can extend his unbeaten record as a professional and become a two-weight world champion in the process.

"This is going to be a cracking fight," he said. "Their styles complement each other so well so the real winner will be the fans.

"It is going to be a tough fight for both men, but I'm very confident that Carl will be able to impose his style on Santa Cruz and win this fight convincingly."

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