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Carl Frampton: I'm aiming for another world title fight before Christmas

Carl Frampton is set to fight in the US in August (Anthony Devlin/PA Images)
Carl Frampton is set to fight in the US in August (Anthony Devlin/PA Images)

By Carl Frampton in his Sunday Life column

Last Christmas didn't exactly turn out the way I wanted after losing to Josh Warrington but this year I intend to have a World title belt sitting under the tree.

I'm lined up to fight on August 10 or 24 in Boston and from speaking to my team a shot at the WBO World featherweight title looks on before the end of the year.

Oscar Valdez is set to defend his WBO title on June 8 against Jason Sanchez and I am right in line to face the winner according to my promoter Bob Arum. However, it has been strongly rumoured that Valdez is going to move up to super-featherweight after this one and if he does then I could easily fight for the vacant WBO belt.

From the dismay of losing that big fight with IBF World featherweight champion Warrington, I now find myself in the position of topping the bill again in the States against a good opponent and then fighting for a World title.

That just shows you the power of Bob Arum and his Top Rank organisation, who are the biggest promoters in world boxing.

I've done a lot in boxing but I still have a deep desire to prove that I have a lot more to achieve and as I prepare to go back into training at my base in Manchester tomorrow I feel like I'm in a privileged position when it comes to opportunities and I need to do all I can to grab them.

I have already spoken to the Manchester Institute of Health and Fitness about how I will plan ahead for my next fight. What I did with them the last time was great for the Warrington fight and it was testament to that work that after two torrid rounds I was able to get through and win some rounds. I made some mistakes in the fight which I will learn from.

I've also, naturally, talked with my coach Jamie Moore about doing some sparring early on in this training camp just because I have been out of the ring for so long. It's been one of the longest periods I've had away from the ring and I just need to get in there and feel what it's like to be a fighter again - get in with a couple of fast guys and get the head and feet moving. It'll only be four rounds a day just to get me going.

I know that the talk of a fight with Valdez has Jamie excited because he's a guy that he has always believed I can beat.

I go into camp in decent shape because I have managed to keep ticking over at home in my garage which now has all I need for a good work-out.

In the past I may have gone up a bit too much in weight but this time I have been smart with my diet in that if I had what may be called a bad meal I made sure I had a good one the next day and I've also taken a tip from big Stevie Ward by doing some fasting which is actually not a struggle for me.

It's always hard to train on your own but I have been training pretty hard, though I know it's only natural that when I get into the gym with other guys around me I'll raise my game.

I'll be there until Thursday and then I go out to the States with Jamie as he counts down to Tommy Coyle's big fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua against Andy Ruiz in Madison Square Garden.

I'm genuinely motivated to achieve big things again and even though my wife Christine would be happy for me to hang up the gloves, she understands why I want to keep going and she is backing me 100 per cent.

It's time to get back to being a fighter and with a World title shot in the mix before the end of the year, I couldn't be more fired up.

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