IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz will make the first
defence of his title against the veteran Eric Morel at the MGM
Grand in Las Vegas on September 15.
The bout, which is a fiery Mexico v Puerto Rico affair on the
Mexican Independence Day weekend, will open the televised part of
the card topped by Saul Alvarez's clash with Josesito Lopez.
Morel, a former world titlist down at flyweight, is due to meet
with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday so that he can
apply for a licence to box.
Because he is over the age 35, he will be required to undergo a
rigorous medical examination.
Santa Cruz captured his title in June this year when he scored a
unanimous points win over South Africa's Vusi Malinga.