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The sky is the limit for our new world champion Carl

By Staff Reporter

New IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton is hoisted into the air by trainer Shane McGuigan after defeating the holder, Kiko Martinez, at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast.

Frampton may have woken up as a world champion last Sunday morning, with the prospect of earning millions, but there was only one place where he wanted to be – his mum's house in Tigers Bay.

Frampton tweeted a picture of himself and his defeated opponent, where he showed his respect for the boxer he deposed.

"Never respected a fighter as much as this man," he tweeted. "Proud to have graced the ring twice with a true warrior @MartnezKiko."

Frampton has had praise heaped upon him since last weekend – and the the plaudits just keep on coming.

The fighter, who enjoyed a marvellous civic reception at Belfast City Hall, has to make the first defence of his belt against number one contender Chris Avalos, but then even bigger fights will be on the cards.

Former World, European and British champions Glenn McCrory, Brian Magee, Charlie Nash and Neil Sinclair, all believe those mega-fights will come his way in the coming years.

McCrory, who has said that Frampton is now his favourite fighter, flew in to be part of the wonderful night at Titanic Quarter, where 16,000 fans roared Frampton on to glory.

Former IBF World cruiserweight champion McCrory said: "I was thrilled for Carl and for the fans, because they came out in force on a bitterly cold night. It was an excellent win and I thought that he boxed within himself.

"I don't think he has anybody to fear in the [super-bantamweight] division."

Leo Santa Cruz, the unbeaten Californian super-bantamweight champion, is shaping up to be Frampton's next-but-one opponent if, as expected, he takes care of Mexican challenger Manuel Roman Las Vegas tonight.

Cruz is prepared to travel to Belfast to put his WBC title on the line alongside Frampton's IBF belt.

"Frampton next, yeah, that's what I'd like," Santa Cruz said on Thursday. "I watched Frampton's fight and he impressed me with his performance, although I think he could have stopped him.

"But, yeah, I'd go there [Belfast] if the money is right."

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