Reigning WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) will be fighting Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on July 30th, airing on Showtime.
For Santa Cruz, it will be his toughest opponent to date. Coming off a soft opponent like Kiko Martinez, who Frampton had already beaten before at the 122lb junior feateherweight division- Kiko’s natural weight, Santa Cruz looks to be well prepared for the challenge. Santa Cruz is advised by controversial manager Al Haymon who is notoriously careful with matching his fighters.
Frampton signed semi-recently with Haymon as well, hoping to break into the U.S. market and face some of Haymon’s fighters- as he has more than a few. Frampton for his part is coming off of perhaps his most impressive win against Englishman, Scott Quigg. The pair sold out a show in Manchester last February. Frampton unified the IBF and WBA junior featherweight titles with that win.
Expect this one to be a great fight with a lot of fireworks and maybe a knockdown or two. I’m glad this fight was made as it’s going to give fans a lot of excitement with a lot of punches.
It should be noted that while both fighter’s are undefeated have the WBA title at stake, both men cleary avoided Top 10 P4P ranked fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux who still fights at junior featherweight and is also still undefeated. Santa Cruz moved up to featherweight as a fight with Rigondeaux had been in negotiations while Frampton just recently vacated his WBA junior featherweight title rather than facing him- electing to face a fellow Haymon advised fighter.