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Carl Frampton is set for 'very, very big' summer bout, vows Frank Warren

Carl Frampton.
Carl Frampton.

Carl Frampton will be back in the ring this summer in a 'very, very big fight'.

That's the promise of promoter Frank Warren, who was speaking at a press conference on Monday afternoon.

The Jackal, of course, was beaten convincingly by IBF champ Josh Warrington in December and had initially indicated he may retire before confirming that his career was set to continue in search of another world title.

“(Frampton) will be fighting probably end of May, early June and he will be involved in a very, very big fight," said Warren, who refused to confirm whether or not the boxer's next fight would be in Belfast, conceding that the 31-year-old may have to travel.

WBA world featherweight champ Leo Santa Cruz, who defeated Carl is Laz Vegas back in January 2017, said he is ready to complete the trilogy between the pair when the Mexican defended his crown against Rafael Rivera on Saturday.

"I want to fight the best," said Santa Cruz. "I want to fight any of the champions at featherweight or have a third fight with Carl Frampton. I want to be back this summer and fight three times this year against the best in the division."

Frampton's alternative option is a bout against WBO title-holder Oscar Valdez.

So what if the Belfast boxer was to make a winning return and claim either the WBA or WBO belt? A rematch against Warrington?

"An ideal world would be for Carl to go out and win a title and then make a unification fight," admitted Warren, who has both fighters in his stable. "Providing these two guys keep winning, I'm quite sure we could do that. He's never been disingenuous towards Josh about the fight.

"Josh got his tactics right but he felt that he didn't get his gameplan right. If we can make a rematch, we will see."

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