Leo Santa Cruz has been ordered to face Abner Mares next by the WBA, putting the trilogy between Santa Cuz and Frampton on the back burner temporarily.
Frampton had initially hoped to get the third fight with Santa Cruz in Belfast, Ireland but the rematch between Santa Cruz and Mares has taken precedence in the WBA’s intentions on reducing the number of titles in each division.
Leo Santa Cruz took a majority decision over Abner Mares in 2015 but since that time Abner Mares has taken the WBA ‘regular’ featherweight title against Jesus Cuellar in December.
“The WBA continues its policy of reducing titles in every weight division,” the organisation said yesterday, having recently ordered middleweight champions Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs to decide one title-holder.
Santa Cruz and Mares now have 30 days to agree on the contest before the WBA will order purse bids.
Frampton will now look at other possibilities for his desired homecoming fight with a mouth watering domestic matchup with IBF King Lee Selby an attractive option with would garner interest from the boxing community.