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Champions queue up to take on Carl Frampton for world super-bantamweight title

By David Kelly

World champion Carl Frampton seems to be the most wanted man in the super-bantamweight division following victories at the weekend for two of his main rivals.

Both Leo Santa Cruz and Scott Quigg retained their WBC and WBA titles in Las Vegas and Manchester with second and third round stoppages of Manuel Roman and Stephane Jamoye respectively, opening the way to possible battles with Frampton, who landed his IBF belt with that momentous victory over Kiko Martinez nine days ago.

Belgian Jamoye was clearly out of his depth against Quigg, who holds the WBA regular title – the main belt being held by Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux who is also a target for Mexican Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz was equally dominant against Roman and re-iterated his interest in a showdown with IBF kingpin Frampton.

"I would love to fight Frampton, it's a fight the fans would love. I would go to Belfast to fight him. I want Rigondeaux, Frampton, Quigg – any of those guys," said Santa Cruz. "I watched Frampton's fight and he impressed me with his performance against Martinez, although I think he could have stopped him."

Frampton has been ordered to defend his IBF title against mandatory challenger Chris Avalos but co-promoter Eddie Hearn hinted the American may agree to step aside for one fight in order to allow the Jackal to face Quigg.

"That's the fight I want next, Leo Santa Cruz is another fight I want. If Carl doesn't want to sit down at the table then we'll see if Santa Cruz does. You want to assess yourself against the best," said Quigg.

Hearn said he is determined to strike a deal with Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan for a pay-per-view showdown between the two British rivals.

Hearn said: "We're involved with Chris Avalos, maybe he'll step aside so Carl can face Scott, We'll make the call to Barry McGuigan this week. The British public want it, Scott and Carl want it. Let these kids have a huge pay day and a great fight for boxing, two world champions. Let's get it made, let these kids earn the fortune they deserve."

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