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Carl Frampton put on the spot over his next title showdown

By Frank Brownlow

Carl Frampton has big decisions to make after being ordered by boxing chiefs to quickly defend both world titles he won in Saturday's unification victory over Scott Quigg in Manchester.

Frampton has been ordered to defend his newly won WBA super bantamweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux by July 27 - but may dump the belt rather than face the Cuban.

IBF chiefs, meanwhile, have demanded that the Belfast boxer takes on their top contender Shingo Wake from Japan.

Frampton is also eyeing a blockbuster showdown with Leo Santa Cruz at Windsor Park this summer.

Frampton's manager, the legendary Barry McGuigan, last night admitted that facing Wake could be the 28-year-old's most obvious fight.

"We are more inclined to go down that route," confirmed McGuigan.

Frampton maintains that he is happy to face anyone.

He said: "My dream is to keep winning, keep being involved in big fights. I want to fight at Windsor Park, but also in New York and Las Vegas."

McGuigan has always said the Jackal will steer clear of Rigondeaux because of the Cuban's negative style and thus lack of television and fan appeal.

After Frampton's win over Quigg on Saturday, McGuigan said a contest with Mexico's WBA featherweight champion Santa Cruz was an "obvious fight".

The Tigers Bay boxer - who outpointed Quigg in Manchester to unify the IBF and WBA belts - must fight Rigondeaux by July 27 to avoid being stripped of the latter strap.

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