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Boxing Legend Steve Collins: Carl Frampton to become all time great

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton can go on to become the best pound for pound fighter in the world, according to former World champion Steve Collins.

Legendary Dubliner Collins (below), who won WBO World titles at both middleweight and super-middleweight, has joined the ever-growing list of those who have been heaping praise on the Jackal after his famous victory over Leo Santa Cruz in the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York last weekend.

Frampton emulated the two-weight success of Collins when lifting the WBA featherweight title having already reigned as the IBF/WBA World super-bantamweight kingpin.

Now Collins expects the 29-year-old Northern Ireland hero to move on and establish himself as an all-time great fighter.

"He's got the work ethic, the dedication and the right team around him. He's only had 23 fights and he's a two-weight World champion at the age of 29," said Collins.

"Without a doubt he can be the best fighter ever to come out of Ireland, and maybe even the best in the world right now."

“He’s still got around 15 fights left in him and he can go and win a third World title at a bigger weight if he wants to.

“He can be as good as he wants to be. He’s already the best featherweight in the world, he’s conquered the east coast now, so maybe he should go and do the same in Las Vegas.”

It seems that everyone around the super-bantamweight and featherweight divisions are eager for a shot at the new WBA champion and that is of little surprise as he is the biggest box office attraction at those weight classes. Consequently, any future challenger knows they will likely earn the biggest pay cheque of their careers by facing the Jackal.

IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby has made it known that he wants to face Frampton next in a unification clash, while Santa Cruz is demanding an immediate re-match and WBC king Gary Russell jnr — whose brother Antuanne is boxing at the Rio Olympics — is also keen to tackle the Belfast man.

One man who is not on Frampton’s radar is WBA super-bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, who is also known as the Jackal. The slick Cuban (left) has repeatedly called for a showdown with the two-weight king.

Frampton, though, said: “That would be another technical stinker like my win over Scott Quigg, who did not come to fight. I want all my fights from now on to be memorable.

“This is also a business and Rigo is so boring that he doesn’t bring a pound to the table, nobody wants to show his fights.”

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