‘The Jackal’ will defend his WBA featherweight title for the first time against the former champion on Saturday January 28th according to Ring Magazine – who cite multiple sources.
A venue has not yet been decided, with the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Barclays Centre in New York both currently on hold
The pair met in a Fight of the Year contender at the latter in July. Afterwards, Mexican-American Santa Cruz would claim that the judges were influenced by Frampton’s large support.
While Frampton would have liked to defend his belt in his native Belfast, the lack of a large venue and Irish weather preventing an outdoor bout, meant that a Titanic City tussle never seemed likely.
Frampton has stated that he is unwilling to travel to ‘El Terremoto’s’ home city of Los Angeles as a point of principle. Additionally, while it remains an option, Santa Cruz would not be keen on a return to the Irish-American heartland of New York. Therefore Las Vegas always looked like the likeliest option and is said to be the front-runner
The prolonged negotiations also sadly eliminated the chance of the bout happening by the end of 2016.