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Oscar Valdez eyeing up bout with Carl Frampton... if the Jackal beats Josh Warrington first

Oscar Valdez. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Oscar Valdez. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

World champion Oscar Valdez could be the next opponent for Carl Frampton should the Jackal prevail against Josh Warrington in December.

Frampton and Warrington contest the latter's IBF featherweight world title in Manchester on December 22, and it was long believed whoever came out on top would face Valdez next.

Warrington earned his belt by overcoming Lee Selby in a shock victory at Elland Road in May, with this his first defence.

Frampton defeated Nonito Donaire back in April to earn a shot at Valdez's WBO crown, however that fight had to be postponed due to Valdez breaking his jaw while beating Scott Quigg.

However, the Mexican has now recovered and he confirmed he wants a unification bout with whoever comes out on top at the Manchester Arena.

"I have always said that I want to fight the best," said the undefeated Valdez (24-0-0). "Frampton and Warrington are both big names in the sport. I'm ready to fight the winner and unify titles."

Valdez would have to fight in the interim and defend his title, but once he has that out of the way, promoter Bob Arum believes there's every possibility the fight could go ahead.

"We're looking at 12 January for Valdez to fight," said Arum, who represents Valdez. "Assuming he wins that fight, then we would put him in with the Frampton-Warrington winner.

"I've already talked to Frank Warren (who promotes both Warrington and Frampton) about that."

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