The battle for undefeated supremacy is always welcomed by boxing fans, so popular British superbanty, Carl Frampton, is doing his part to further the genre by moving up a division to challenge the current Super WBO Featherweight Champ Leo Santa Cruz. The fight takes place July 30th @ Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York. This represents a kind of compromise geographical midpoint for the Mexican born Santa Cruz who fights out of the California area, whereas Frampton fights out of the UK, so that disconnect combined with the lukewarm promotion of such a potentially great fight means this flies under the public radar of sorts.
Both are top shelf fighters in their primes with excellent skills and well battle tested. The 29 year old Frampton, 22-0, 15 KO gives up approximately 3″ of height and 7″ of reach to the rangy 27 year old Santa Cruz, 32-o-1, 18 KO, but looks to have a speed and power advantage that he needs to leverage since it’s obvious that Santa Cruz will be boxing at distance and with volume for the most part. Just think bob and weave and the quick leaping hooks and combos needed to derail such a distance fighter.
Lots of potential with this fight with plenty of upside for the winner. I don’t care what the odds are because I doubt they’ll mean anything to this particular style match up where the talents and experience are fairly balanced out. The best man on the night tends to win these type of dustups, so we’ll be waiting to find out.