CYCLONE Promotions will offer WBC World champion Leo Santa Cruz over half a million to come to Belfast and put his title on the line against Carl Frampton, according to Barry McGuigan.
‘The Jackal’ moved into World title pole when he stopped No.1 contender Hugo Cazares in front of a sold out Odyssey Arena on Friday last and has set his sights on the Golden Boy puncher.
McGuigan says they will do all they can to get that bout in the former European champions home town, but if Cruz is unwilling to travel Frampton is willing to go on the road.
“We move onto the next one and the next one is the big one and the one that really matters. Showtime are interested in Carl,” McGuigan said after Frampton’s second round knock out win.
“HBO are also interested in Carl but we want Santa Cruz and he is with Showtime so that is the way we are going, so we are talking to them. Santa Cruz really wants to fight Carl, he desperate to fight Carl and my only concern with that is is would be on the undercard of a Floyd Mayweather fight and the fans would have to travel.
“But we have reached that stage of his career and all these fights are very important and Carl is prepared to travel.
“It does not matter where he fights. East coast, west coast or Las Vegas – it does not matter. We could still fight here and we could put 15000 to 20000 people in, over here.
“We are looking at loads of venues. We are looking at Ravenhill and the outside arena at the King’s Hall. We would like it to be here but we have to wait and see.
“The big money is in America and Carl has always wanted to fight over there.”