Carl Frampton made history in New York as he became a two-weight World Champion after a thriller of a fight against Leo Santa Cruz.
The popular Northern Irishman was roared on to victory by a huge supporting crowd at New York's Barclays Center, who were mesmerised by a truly absorbing contest between Frampton and Santa Cruz.
And there were jubilant scenes in the ring as Frampton, his trainer Shane McGuigan and his manager and mentor Barry McGuigan leapt in delight as the Belfast star was handed a majority decision win 114-114, 116-112, 117-111.
“Everywhere we go!” Carl Frampton and his army of fans travel to New York City to challenge Leo Santa Cruz in a bid to become a two weight World Champion at the fabulous Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Saturday 30th July live on BoxNation.
Santa Cruz makes the second defence of his ‘Super’ WBA World Featherweight Title after icing two time Frampton foe Kiko Martinez back in February.
The Mexican picked up the vacant Title in a Fight of the Year contender, outslugging Abner Mares to the belt at the Staples Center in LA back in August 2015.
It’s Frampton’s first fight at 126lbs after unifying the IBF and WBA World Super-Bantamweight Titles when outclassing long standing rival Scott Quigg in his own back yard at the Manchester Arena in February.
Somehow, Frampton’s victory was scored a split decision despite the clear dominance from ‘The Jackal’.
It’s sure to be a cracking fight, someone’s 0 has got to go as both men put their unbeaten records on the line.
The Belfast hero revealed: "I am in terrific shape, I feel fantastic in the gym and I am ready for the biggest fight of my career. 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.”
32-0-1 star Santa Cruz is confident of retaining his World Title: "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.”
There’s a bumper undercard with Ricky Hatton’s Sergey Rabchenko fighting Tony Harrison in an IBF Super-Welterweight World Title eliminator, Paulie Malignaggi and Gabriel Bracero contest the Battle of Brooklyn whilst Mikey Garcia makes a long overdue return to the ring.