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Frampton and Valdez would produce a thriller: Robles


By David Kelly

Michael Conlan's coach Manny Robles says his WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez is prepared to put his title on the line against Carl Frampton in Belfast.

Former WBC featherweight champion Frampton is still waiting to hear who he will meet in the summer, while Valdez was recently in a fight of the year candidate when defeating Colombia's Miguel Marriaga.

That victory led Frampton, in his Sunday Life column, to state: "Valdez is a hard puncher and he throws a lot of shots so I think it would be a very exciting fight and it's one that I would like to see happening."

Coach Robles, seeking to guide Belfast man Conlan to the top, stated: "Can you imagine Oscar Valdez versus Carl Frampton? A big fight. He wants to unify to make a statement but when you have fighters like Carl Frampton or Abner Mares these are big name fighters that you don't need a belt to make a good fight like that.

"Oscar wouldn't have a problem crossing the Atlantic to fight Carl Frampton. He wants to fight the best. He wants to be the best.

"It doesn't matter how, where, when. I know my fighter, I know what I have and he wants to be considered pound for pound one of the best fighters in the world."

Robles was particularly pleased with how Valdez handled some tough moments in that last defence, proving himself to be one of the most exciting fighters in world boxing.

Robles added: "He made a hell of an impression. He made a statement, gave the people what they wanted, what they paid for. He gave them excitement and he proved to the world he deserves the big names, he deserves the big matches.

"Oscar wants to unify. It doesn't matter who that champion may be."

In the early hours of tomorrow morning, on BT Sport, Saul Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez jnr clash in one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year.

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