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Oscar Valdez demands Frampton showdown as Carl set for another world title chance

Oscar Valdez and Carl Frampton could face off at the end of the year.
Oscar Valdez and Carl Frampton could face off at the end of the year.

Carl Frampton's next chance at a world title will be against Oscar Valdez at the end of this year if the current WBO champion gets his way.

The Mexican fighter successfully defended his featherweight title with a win over Jason Sanchez in Reno last weekend and has turned his sights to the Jackal.

Valdez, who has now made six defences of the title he first won by beating Matias Rueda in 2016, wants to move up to super-featherweight but, his manager has revealed, won't do so without having one last bout at 126kg.

While IBF champ Josh Warrington, who defeated Frampton in December and fights Kid Galahad tomorrow, is thought of as an 'option', it is Frampton who Valdez really wants.

Frampton will return to the ring in the USA on August 10, with his title fight expected to take place in November or December. Will Valdez be in the opposite corner?

"He asked me to fight with Carl Frampton, he wants that fight," Valdez's manager Frank Espinoza said. "And the other option could be Josh Warrington, a unifying one, but the priority is Frampton.

"Obviously we try to do the best for Valdez, we want him to listen to his body and where he feels better then we will look for the best opportunities, but he has told us about Frampton, it is a fight that we know that the Irishman wants and of course Oscar wants, hopefully we can achieve something."

Frampton had originally considered retirement when he was defeated by Warrington last year but resolved to return for another attempt to regain a world title.

"It’s a fight I would love and would be a candidate for fight of the year without a doubt," Frampton said about Valdez. "He can move up to super-feather after that.

"It’s over to me now to get my business done in August and then hopefully Arum can get him to sign on the dotted line."

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