A few notes from around the boxing world:
When Showtime announced most of its spring and summer schedule in mid-March one of the most appealing fights was a match between featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and junior featherweight titlist Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs), who would move up one division and travel from Northern Ireland to the United States for the fight. Although it has not been formally announced yet, Showtime told ESPN.com that the fight will take place July 30 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight will be Frampton’s first since outpointing Scott Quigg to unify 122-pound belts on Feb. 27 in Manchester, England. Santa Cruz, a former bantamweight and junior featherweight titleholder, won a vacant featherweight belt against Los Angeles rival Abner Mares in August and then made his first defense by knocking out former junior featherweight titlist Kiko Martinez in the fifth round, also on Feb. 27, in Anaheim, California.
No fight has been formally announced but Polish light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) is penciled in to headline the next installment of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC in prime time on June 18 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Fonfara, a crowd-pleaser, has won three fights in a row since a close decision loss to world champion Adonis Stevenson in May 2014, including making Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. quit after nine rounds last April and a unanimous decision against former titleholder Nathan Cleverly in a fight that shattered several weight class CompuBox records.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (26-0, 17 KOs), who has not fought since October after pulling out of at least one fight because he was “not mentally ready,” according to promoter Top Rank, is scheduled to fight May 14 in Studio City, California. Ruiz does not yet have an opponent for a fight that will be part of the untelevised undercard of Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series on UniMas. Lightweight prospect Saul Rodriguez (19-0-1, 14 KOs) headlines the show against Daulis Prescott (31-3, 23 KOs).