Valdez throws down the gauntlet to Frampton
WBO World featherweight champion Oscar Valdez says he is ready to give Carl Frampton a shot at his belt before the end of the year.
Frampton's return to the ring has been confirmed for August 10, with the expected venue in either New York or Philadelphia and now victory in two months time could well lead to a showdown with Valdez.
Both former WBA featherweight champion Frampton and reigning WBO title holder Valdez are promoted by legendary promoter Bob Arum who is very keen to make the fight. Despite suggesting he will move up to super-featherweight, Valdez has told his manager Frank Espinoza that he wants a mouth-watering clash with the Jackal.
"He asked me to fight with Carl Frampton, he wants that fight. The other option could be IBF champion Josh Warrington, a unifying one, but the priority is Frampton," said Espinoza.
"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."
Promoter Arum is aiming to make Frampton against Valdez in December and Madison Square Garden, New York would be in the mix as the venue for one of the fights of the year.
The Jackal has made it clear that he would relish a battle with Valdez. He said: "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."