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Leo Santa Cruz headed to New York for title defense versus Carl Frampton

Leo Santa Cruz headed to New York for title defense versus Carl Frampton

New York's large Irish American population and a desire to broaden Southland world champion Leo Santa Cruz’s popularity is motivating fight officials to place his July 30 title defense against unbeaten Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Showtime is set to televise the bout, it was confirmed Monday.

The 27-year-old Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 knockouts) successfully defended his World Boxing Assn. “super world” featherweight title Feb. 27 at Honda Center against Spain’s Kiko Martinez, recording a fifth-round technical knockout.

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