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Carl Frampton has plenty of options to weigh up for summer battle

 

By David Kelly

Former World featherweight champion Carl Frampton would seem to be keeping his options open after the World Boxing Association decided to place him at No.2 in their latest super-featherweight rankings.

Frampton lost his WBA featherweight title to big rival Leo Santa Cruz in January and was hoping for a third fight with the Mexican this summer but that has not materialised and so the Belfast man's camp continue to work on the next best option.

The Jackal is back training in London with coach Shane McGuigan and will no doubt be keeping an eye on Gary Russell this weekend when he defends his WBC World featherweight title against Colombian Oscar Escandon as Frampton is now the No.1 challenger for the American's title.

Frampton has previously spoken about a move to 130lb in a bid to become the first Irish fighter to win World titles at three different weight classes, though the WBA super-featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales is pencilled in to defend his title against Mexican Robinson Castellanos on July 15.

Frampton remains a man in demand at featherweight as he is the biggest box office attraction in the 9st division and WBO champion Oscar Valdez has made it clear that he would be prepared to come to Belfast and put his title on the line.

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