Frampton Eyes Warrington, Santa Cruz Bouts

Carl Frampton has laid out a perfect road for himself towards a trilogy bout with Leo Santa Cruz, and it begins with a title defense on Aug. 18.

Frampton will defend the interim WBO Featherweight Title on that day, taking on 16-0 Luke Jackson at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Should he come through and retain his title, his promoter, Frank Warren, may give Frampton — the former super bantamweight and featherweight champion — a chance to win another world title.

While Frampton has thoughts of a showdown with WBO Featherweight Champion Oscar Valdez, who is currently sidelined with an injury, it’s very plausible he could face IBF champion and Josh Warrington, who also fights under Warren.

“The plan after Jackson is Oscar Valdez or Josh Warrington, which would be the easier to make because we are both promoted by Frank Warren,” Frampton said. “Warrington and myself is more appealing to British sports fans, but It doesn’t matter who I face. You could flip a coin to decide whether it is Warrington or Valdez.”

Ultimately for Frampton, the goal is to get another bout with Santa Cruz, even if the WBA featherweight champion isn’t as thrilled for a third fight. Frampton defeated Santa Cruz in July 2016 but lost the rematch six months later.

“If I beat Jackson, then Warrington or Valdez I will have a title and that puts me in a stronger position, and ready to tackle Santa Cruz,” Frampton said. “That might make him want to come to the table, negotiate and talk about the fight again. That is the fight that appeals to me more than any other.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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