Frampton Relinquishes IBF Super Bantamweight Belt 

Belfast’s undefeated Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton has relinquished his IBF World super bantamweight belt ahead of his WBA Super World featherweight title challenge of California’s undefeated champion Leo Santa Cruz, on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

In order for Frampton to pursue two-weight World title glory against Santa Cruz this summer, the Northern Irishman must vacate his coveted IBF super bantamweight crown due to mandatory obligations.

The Santa Cruz fight at featherweight made the most financial sense for the hugely popular Frampton but the twenty-nine year old undefeated Belfast native wanted to make clear his gratitude to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) ahead of his World featherweight title challenge.

“I’m delighted to be fighting Leo Santa Cruz for the World featherweight title but I would like to say a huge thank you to the IBF for their professionalism during my time as their super bantamweight champion,” said Frampton. “I have been a proud IBF World champion for nearly two years and I one day hope to once again become an IBF champion. I wish Shingo Wake (the IBF’s mandatory challenger at super bantamweight) the very best in his championship fight.”

Derek McKenna

Co-founder of Junior Sports Media who has been covering boxing since 2013. Has extensive experience in sports writing, sub-editing and online journalism. Email: Co-founder of Junior Sports Media who has been covering boxing since 2013. Has extensive experience in sports writing, sub-editing and online journalism. Email: [email protected]