Carl will get his big summer fight: Warren
Promoter Frank Warren has revealed that he is plotting another world title opportunity for Carl Frampton this summer.
It would seem that WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and WBO title holder Oscar Valdez are the two major targets for Warren as he seeks to deliver another blockbuster fight for the Jackal, who was left devastated by his loss to IBF king Josh Warrington in December.
Frampton, who turns 32 on Thursday, has said that he will fight on as long as a world title shot is on the table and Warren is very confident he can secure a deal for the Belfast man to have a chance at becoming a world champion again — and has already hinted at a date in June.
Yesterday, Warren announced a multi-year, multi-fight agreement with United States broadcaster ESPN for former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, which strengthened the promoter’s relationship with Top Rank Promotions boss Bob Arum. The two men have an agreement over Warren’s UK shows being shown in the States on ESPN and as Valdez is promoted by Arum it is understood that a deal for the Mexican to defend his belt against Frampton would not be hard to agree.
But WBA champion Santa Cruz has made it clear — as stated in the Belfast Telegraph yesterday — that he is keen to complete his trilogy with Frampton. That would be the bigger of the two fights, given the history the two men have with each other with the Jackal winning their 2016 bout and Santa Cruz victorious in the rematch six months later in January 2017.
“Carl and I, we spoke and he will be fighting probably end of May, early June, and he will be involved in a very, very big fight,” said Warren.
“The ideal world would be for Carl to go out and win a title and then make a unification fight.”
Warren also hinted at a possible rematch between Frampton and Warrington, who will defend his IBF title against Sheffield’s Kid Galahad in June.
“Providing the two guys keep winning, I’m quite sure we could do that,” he added.