Boxing News – Whats the next fight for Frampton?

Carl Frampton barely had time to remove his hand wraps after his superb win over Leo Santa Cruz before being asked who he would like to fight next.
Not that the Belfast man seemed to mind.
Understandably, he was beside himself with delight having produced a magnificent display to secure a points victory over the previously-undefeated Mexican and in doing so, become the first Northern Irishman to win world titles in two divisions.
His manager and mentor Barry McGuigan, who won the same WBA title back in 1985, was in tears, as were many members of the ‘Jackal Army’ who had done their best to transform the atmosphere at New York’s Barclays Center into something more reminiscent of the King’s Hall in Belfast.
Frampton has now won three world titles across the super-bantamweight and featherweight divisions and while it is to be hoped that the 29-year-old is managing to savour the moment, the boxing media is, inevitably, already busy planning out his next step.
The 29-year-old himself seems to favour a re-match with Santa Cruz in Belfast and this would seem particularly fitting given that the Frampton fight was a voluntary rather than a mandatory defence for the man from Huetamo.
There was no lack of mutual respect between the two men before, during and after the fight and it would come as a major surprise if they did not meet again, possibly before the end of the year.

“I wanted to be in with true champions like Leo Santa Cruz,” said Frampton, post-fight.

“This guy is a three-weight world champion.

“He is a true warrior and I respect him a hell of a lot.

“I would love to bring him to Belfast and show them an amazing fighter.”

But Frampton also has plenty of other options to consider, including a potentially mouth-watering showdown with current IBF World Featherweight champion, Lee Selby.

A good relationship already exists between the two camps and a clash with the 29-year-old Welshman, possibly at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, would undoubtedly do very big business indeed.

Guillermo Rigondeaux has also been mentioned as a possible opponent in the past, though McGuigan has openly admitted that he feels the potential risk of tackling the notoriously awkward Cuban would outweighs the rewards given the 35-year-old’s relative lack of box office appeal.

Then there’s Gary Russell Jnr, the current world number one in the featherweight division, who boasts a 27-1 record and would provide Frampton with a tough but potentially highly-lucrative test, possibly in Las Vegas.

One man for whom Frampton’s victory over Santa Cruz was bad news, however, is Scott Quigg.
The Bolton fighter is desperate to face the Ulsterman again following his points defeat earlier this year, but there is now little danger of that happening any time soon, or even at all.
Frampton simply has bigger fish to fry.
But while Frampton is on top of the world, spare a thought for Patrick Hyland whose career may well be over.
The Jobstown man was systematically broken up by WBC International and European Featherweight champion, Josh Warrington, on Saturday, eventually succumbing in the ninth as his corner prepared to throw in the towel.
The defeat came on the back of a brutal second round knockout at the hands of Russell Jnr in April and at 32, the feeling is that Hyland could be poised to hang up his gloves.






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