Frampton-Santa Cruz heads to Brooklyn
By Hector Franco
Earlier this week it was announced that IBF and WBA super bantamweight champion, Carl Frampton, would be moving up to featherweight. Frampton will take on WBA featherweight champion, Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton is coming off of the biggest victory of his career. He won a decision over U.K. rival, Scott Quigg. The bout was disappointing as it failed to live up to the expectations of being a great fight. In winning Frampton became the WBA champion in the division. He had the choice of taking on his mandatory and the man considered the king of the division, Guillermo Rigondeaux. Most expected Frampton to drop the title instead of facing the Cuban. Frampton did just that and decided to take on the perceived easier bout for more money.
Santa Cruz is coming off of two impressive performances against Abner Mares and Kiko Martinez. After years of fans demanding Santa Cruz step up his competition, they got their wish last year against Mares. In the Mares bout, Santa Cruz showed that he could fight intelligently on the inside and from a distance. His high volume attack allowed him to gain the advantage on Mares in most rounds. On the same day that Frampton got his victory over Scott Quigg, Leo Santa Cruz demolished a common opponent of Frampton’s in Kiko Martinez. Santa Cruz brought the all-action, high-volume style that made him a favorite of boxing fans years ago. It was the perfect bout to set up a fight between him and Frampton.
The fight between Frampton and Santa Cruz will take place on July 30th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. At first glance, it may seem strange that Brooklyn would be chosen as the venue for a bout between an Irish man and a Mexican. It seems that the promoters and the fighters themselves wanted a neutral venue where there would be no advantages for either man.
Since it’s opening the Barclays Center has been open to boxing events and is a venue that openly wants to host boxing. This will be the third high profile card at the venue this year. There was the Spence-Algieri card in April, Thurman-Porter in June and now Frampton-Santa Cruz in July.
Fans can expect a great fight on July 30th. The winner will likely be considered the best featherweight in the world.
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