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Carl Frampton can rule world at three different weights

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton can join an elite band of fighters by becoming a three-weight World champion, according to coach Shane McGuigan.

Frampton , who enjoyed a devastating fifth round victory over American Chris Avalos on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena, is eager to clean up the super-bantamweight division before moving up to featherweight, where McGuigan believes he will be just as powerful.

"Carl is still improving as a fighter, we are developing a style with him that makes him so effective in the inside and outside. The top Mexican sparring partners we had in couldn't handle the combination punching at close range," said McGuigan.

"He can carry that power up to featherweight and I believe he can even win a world title at super-featherweight. We're not getting ahead of ourselves because first I want him to unify the super-bantamweight division but that's the potential I believe he has."

Frampton's next title defence is expected to be against Scott Quigg in June, and then his big targets will be WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz and WBA titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux.

The gifted Cuban is the man seen by many as the number one in the division.

But McGuigan said: "I believe he knocks out Quigg and he knocks out Santa Cruz and that he beats Rigo - and those are the fights we want.

"Carl is the biggest attraction in the super-bantamweight division and he's the hardest punching super-bantamweight.

"It's going to be a very exciting next 12 months and once he has unified the super-bantamweight division then we have to look at moving up to featherweight.

"He showed against Avalos that he has moved up another level.

"I thought it might take longer to get to him but he got him in five rounds - Avalos knew from early on that he was out of his depth.

"As soon as he felt the power he knew he wasn't winning. In the first round he got caught with the left hand and then held as he looked across at me and I could see in his face that he wasn't expecting the power. He hadn't given Carl any respect all week leading up to the fight."

Meanwhile, Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan will look to sit down this week with ITV, who broadcasted the Jackal's stoppage of mandatory challenger Avalos.

Team Frampton will hope to secure a long-term deal with the channel on the back of such an exciting event at the Odyssey.

RYAN Burnett will aim to make it two wins in a month when he returns to the ring on March 27 at the York Hall, Bethnel Green.

The exciting Belfast bantamweight prospect, an impressive second round stoppage winner over Ghana's Issac Owusu last Friday in Sheffield, is managed by Adam Booth, the former coach of David Haye.

Booth said: "I am planning a few fights at the moment to develop Ryan and keep him busy."

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