It seems all the top fighters in the Super-bantamweight are looking to get their hands on Carl Frampton after ‘The Jackal’ became the IBF World Champion on Saturday night.
Frampton claimed the belt after defeating Kiko Martinez on points at the Titanic Slipway in front of 16,000 screaming fans.
After that fight the Tigers Bay fighter is on the verge of massive fights and WBA Champion Scott Quigg and WBC King Leo Santa Cruz have both stated they are keen to meet Frampton in the coming months, while the WBA’s Super World champion Guillermo Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde was also ringside in Belfast on Saturday night and he will also be looking for a piece of the action.
Frampton said after his victory against Martinez that he wanted Quigg next and the Bury fighter - who defends his WBA title against Stephane Jamoye in Manchester on Saturday night - is confident of seeing off the Belfast star.
“After I beat Stephane Jamoye, I’m taking Frampton’s World title.
“I was pleased to see Carl win the title on Saturday against Martinez and now it makes perfect sense for us to fight,” said Quigg.
“I’ll fight him in Belfast, no problem – but 9,000 in Belfast versus 20,000 in Manchester, it makes more sense to do it here.
“But if they can find somewhere in Belfast with 20,000 then I can go there, I don’t care. It’s one of the biggest fights in British boxing alongside Amir Khan and Kell Brook – it’s that big, everyone has an opinion,” he added.
“We both think we can win so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t fight – and I know that I will come out with both belts.”
WBC king Santa Cruz - who defends his crown against Manuel Roman this weekend - also says Frampton is his number one target.
“It’s a fight that I would love to make happen between us. If my team think it’s the right move I have no objection coming to fight in Belfast,” he said.
“It will be a huge fight with two world champions and it’s the type of fight that fans love to see – a unification fight.”
And the unbeaten 26-year-old believes that a fight with Frampton would be the all-action affair that fans crave.
“Carl’s been saying he wants to fight me and I’ve seen him in a couple of fights,” said Santa Cruz.
“He’s a great fighter, undefeated, he comes forward like me and throws parallel punches and pressures a lot. So I think it would make a really great fight for the fan.
“With both our styles it could be a ‘Fight of the Year’ because we both throw a lot of punches and are aggressive.
“It would be a very exciting fight wherever it happens.”
Another fighter, Chris Avalos, also has to be thrown into the mix as he is the IBF’s mandatory challenger for Frampton’s title.
And the American also fancies his chances against the Tigers Bay champ.
“I would fight Frampton and I have the beating of him. And Rigondeaux is scared of me. I have been looking to fight him for a year,” he added.
Exciting times lie ahead and with Santa Cruz, Quigg, Rigondeaux and Avalos in the mix and Frampton is a man with plenty of options.