Frampton-Santa Cruz undercard finalised

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The undercard for Carl Frampton’s WBA featherweight title fight with Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Centre has been finalised ahead of Saturday night.

As announced previously, chief support will come from returning two-weight titlist Mikey Garcia [34(28)-0]. The talented Mexican-American will face former WBC featherweight beltholder Elio Rojas [24(14)-2(0)] in a ten-round light welterweight contest.

Former light welter and welterweight champ and respected current analyst Paulie Malignaggi [35(7)-7(4)] takes on Gabe Bracero [24(5)-2(0)], whom Irish fans may remember from his devastating knockout of Danny O’Connor last year. The all-Brooklyn bout will serve as a farewell fight for ‘The Magic Man’ who is retiring from the sport.

WBO Women’s featherweight champ Amanda Serrano [28(21)-1(0)] defends her belt against Venezuelan Calixta Silgado [14(9)-6(2)] over ten twos.

WBA ‘regular’ middleweight trinket-holder Danny Jacobs [31(28)-1(1)], will now no longer be on the card, and will rematch with Sergio Mora [28(9)-4(1)-2] in either September or August.

Ricky Hatton-trained Belarussian light middleweight Sergey Rabchenko [27(20)-1(0)] is up against American Tony Harrison [23(19)-1(1)] in an IBF title eliminator.

Once fancied Ukrainian lightweight contender Ivan Redkach [19(15)-1(1)-1] will look to get back to winning ways against rising star Tevin Farmer [21(5)-4(2)-1].

New additions to the card see Korean light welter Min Wook Kim [15(12)-1(1)] face Bronx native Louis Cruz [111(5)-1(0)] over eight, while California feather Jose Gomez [7(2)-0] takes on Connecticut’s Josh Crespo [6(2)-3(1)-3].

Frampton’s unbeaten stablemates, Coalisland middleweight Conrad Cummings [9(4)-0-1] and Scottish light welter Josh Taylor [5(5)-0] will also appear against to-be-confirmed opponents in eight and six-round bouts respectively.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie