Leo Santa Cruz/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions
Leo Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights will defend his featherweight world title against former super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland on July 30 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime), Premier Boxing Champions announced Tuesday.
Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs), who has also won titles at bantamweight and super bantamweight, is coming off a fifth-round stoppage of Kiko Martinez in February at Honda Center. It was the first defense of this title.
The Big Apple is not familiar to Santa Cruz, so he’d love to show the East Coast what he’s about.
“I’ve never been to New York before and I’m looking forward to this big opportunity to put on a show for new fans in a new city,” Santa Cruz, 27, said. “I always fight for the fans and I’m excited to be able to do that somewhere I haven’t been before. Frampton is a good fighter. He has power and skills and he moves when he has to, but he has a weak chin.
“When he gets caught with a good punch, he goes down. He doesn’t like pressure and I have that.”
Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) is moving up in weight after defending his super bantamweight title three times.
“I am in terrific shape, I feel fantastic in the gym and I am ready for the biggest fight of my career,” Frampton said. “On July 30, I will become a two-weight world champion. I respect Leo Santa Cruz, he is a great fighter and person, but I am preparing meticulously to overcome any challenge he brings on July 30.”