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This rematch should be Carl Frampton's priority rather than Santa Cruz, says Eastwood


By David Kelly

Legendary boxing manager Barney Eastwood says he knows the perfect opponent for Carl Frampton as he seeks to be ready for a World title shot in the summer.

On the back of his hard-fought points victory over Mexican Horacio Garcia on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, Eastwood believes the Jackal needs one more bout to hone his skills and would love to see him back in Belfast against old rival Scott Quigg.

"If I was looking after Frampton I would see the ideal opponent for his next fight as Scott Quigg. He would be my No.1 choice and Quigg has already made it clear that it's the fight he really wants," said Eastwood.

"Quigg knows he would get more money for facing Frampton than any of the champions. It would be a big fight, the SSE Arena would be packed for their rematch. Quigg believes he would get revenge but I think it would be perfect preparation for Frampton going into a World title fight at Windsor Park next summer.

"I've watched Quigg's last few fights and every fight has been a hard one.

"I'd have the house on Frampton to beat him, even with a performance like on Saturday night when he wasn't at his very best.

"Quigg might be feeling confident after being at ringside to watch Frampton and because he has moved to a new team, working with Freddie Roach in the States."

Eastwood, who managed several fighters to World and European titles, believes Frampton showed signs of the effect of being out of the ring for 10 months while at the same time offering glimpses of why he is heading back to the top of the featherweight division.

"Garcia was a tough Mexican, limited in some ways but Frampton fought a good enough fight.

"It wasn't perfect and that performance would not have beaten any of the champions but that would have been expecting too much of him after 10 months out of the ring," added Eastwood.

"It was a good fight to take, he dealt with it well even though he mixed it when he could have been boxing more.

"Garcia didn't let him box when he wanted, he put a lot of pressure on but then Frampton found a second wind in the 10th round. That guy would give Quigg and a few others like Josh Warrington all they wanted.

"Frampton will be the better for those 10 rounds on Saturday night and I would expect him to go up to another level in his next fight."

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