Frampton confirms showdown with featherweight champion Santa Cruz


Carl Frampton is set to face off against Leo Santa Cruz for the Mexican's WBA featherweight championship later this year.

Northern Irishman Frampton defeated long-time rival Scott Quigg on points to add the WBA super-bantamweight title to his IBF belt in February.

Frampton, who was subsequently stripped of the WBA belt for failing to fight mandatory challenger Guillermo Rigondeaux, soon set his sights on a bout with three-weight world champion Santa Cruz, who is unbeaten in 33 professional fights.

And 29-year-old Frampton took to Twitter on Friday to announce a mouth-watering bout in New York.

He wrote: "The Jackal vs @leosantacruz2 for the WBA featherweight title in the big apple late summer! #AndTheNew #TwoWeightWorldChamp."

Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan added that further details about the fight will be revealed next week.

"We have reached an agreement for @RealCFrampton to face @leosantacruz2 in late summer in NYC. Details to follow next week #monsterfight," McGuigan wrote.

It remains to be seen if Frampton's decision to fight Santa Cruz will mean he also has to forfeit his IBF super-bantamweight title.