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WBO champion wants Frampton fight as Carl prepares for world title bid


By David Kelly

Carl Frampton has been offered an exciting, quick route back to World title status by top US promoter Bob Arum who guides WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez.

Now that Frampton has signed a deal with new promoter Frank Warren, Arum says he is eager to do business with the partnership. Former two-weight world champion Frampton will return to the ring before Christmas at his home town Belfast's SSE Arena with November 18 currently the only available Saturday night - and then he will seek to seal a world title shot in 2018.

Unbeaten Valdez retained his WBO title with a thrilling victory over Genesis Servania at the weekend on the same show in Tucson, Arizona where Belfast man Michael Conlan chalked up a fourth consecutive win. Now Arum wants to match Frampton and the Mexican in a mouth watering battle Stateside, though the Jackal is also likely to have the option of a duel with IBF champion Lee Selby.

"We're going to try to get Frampton," Arum said. "We would do it next year, and we would put it maybe someplace in Texas or maybe Las Vegas. Frampton would probably object to coming to Tucson, but we can find a place to do that fight. It's a great fight."

WBO champion Valdez, who trains alongside Conlan in Los Angeles, added that he was very keen to put his title on the line against the Jackal. "I'm ready for whoever... whether it is Frampton, or Leo Santa Cruz, I am ready. But I want Frampton, he is a big name… let's do it," he said.

Frampton, whose fights will be screened on BT Sport, has insisted that his deal with top promoter Warren means he is guaranteed a blockbuster fight at Windsor Park next summer and the main target is big rival Leo Santa Cruz, who he defeated to win the WBA Super Featherweight title in New York last summer before losing the belt to the Mexican earlier this year in Las Vegas.

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