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Carl Frampton eyeing world titles at three different weights

Published 12/08/2016

Carl Frampton has vowed to become the first Irishman to win world titles at three different weights.

The Belfast fighter outscored Mexican Leo Santa Cruz in Brooklyn last month to take the WBA featherweight title.

The victory earned 'The Jackal' the belt his manager Barry McGuigan won in 1985 and follows his super-bantamweight championship victory after he stepped up a division.

Frampton appeared at a special homecoming event in the grounds of Belfast City Hall with promoter McGuigan, coach Shane McGuigan and daughters Carla and Rossa as he promised a fight before a home crowd in the city's Windsor Park stadium next summer.

He said: "(I am) the only ever Northern Irishman to win a world title in two divisions, only the second ever Irishman after Steve Collins to win world titles in two different divisions, I would like to have a go at three and stand out on my own."

A potential rematch with Santa Cruz or a tilt at the IBF champion Lee Selby are in Frampton's thoughts.

He said a fight with Selby could come before Christmas.

"Selby is a great fighter, he is someone I respect, I think he is very good, but I just believe me at featherweight now, I don't think there is anyone stopping me, I just feel so strong and whoever wants it next can get it," he said.

"I am in the driving seat, I can call the shots, but we will see where we go, I will let the team decide, but I love Belfast and I want to fight here as much as possible.

"I want to fight here at least once a year and Windsor Park in the summer would be a dream come true."

Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans watch Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans watch Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans watch Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans watch Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans watch Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. Fans pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Carl Frampton is pictured with Minister for Communities, Paul Givan, First Minister Arlene Foster, Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 - Belfast Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Stephen Hamilton
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Carl Frampton is pictured with Minister for Communities, Paul Givan, First Minister and Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Shane McGuigan and Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. Minister for Communities, Paul Givan and Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston with Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Carl Frampton is pictured with Minister for Communities, Paul Givan, First Minister Arlene Foster, Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton. First Minister Arlene Foster and Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2016 Homecoming celebration for boxer Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton Fans pictured at the homecoming celebration at City Hall, Belfast. The event took place in recognition of Carl Frampton, the first Northern Ireland boxer to win world championships at two different weights. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye
Carl Frampton pictured as he arrives at Dublin Airport after his WBA world championship fight against Leo Sanyta Cruz in New York. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

Frampton is in the top 10 fighters, according to some pundits.

"To actually crack it and get inside, it is great, it is unbelievable, I feel like it is a big achievement and am very happy to be mixing with the sort of guys that are in the top 10," he said.

The 29-year-old said he thought he won last month's fight by two or three rounds.

"When a fighter smiles at you, you can tell that something is wrong and they are trying to play a game. I knew that I was hurting him throughout the fight," he said.

"I fought with my heart rather than my head at times. I could have made the fight much easier for myself but to be honest I was glad that it was a good fight. It is good for my legacy having fights like that with Santa Cruz."

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