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Carl Frampton Hopes To Face Leo Santa Cruz or Oscar Valdez

Former two division world champion Carl Frampton was very serious when he made his intentions known of requiring a big fight for his next ring appearance.

During the debut episode of TKO, a new boxing podcast hosted by Frampton and Chris Lloyd, the boxer revealed that his team has been discussing the possibility of a trilogy fight with WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and a showdown with WBO champion Oscar Valdez.

Both fights were in the mix last year, but then Frampton suffered an unexpected decision loss to IBF featherweight Josh Warrington in December.

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Last week, Valdez returned to the ring and picked up a knockout win after being away for nearly a year due to suffering a broken jaw during his decision win over Scott Quigg.

Santa Cruz is back in the ring next Saturday night.

Despite the loss to Warrington, Frampton is still pushing to face Santa Cruz or Valdez.

"There’s already been discussions with Leo. There’s already been discussions with Oscar Valdez, so these are potential opponents," Frampton told Lloyd on TKO.

"I sat down with Frank (Warren) a couple of weeks ago. I’ve sat down with MTK as well, and I kind of told them what I want, which is big fights. The last thing I want is to have a scenario where you have to have three fights to get a shot again at a world title, because if that was the case, I think I would pack it in right now. So they know what I want, and everyone’s all on board."

And Frampton believes that his recent defeat could make the negotiations a lot easier when it comes to landing bouts with Santa Cruz and Valdez.

"And I still believe, you know, I lost my last fight, not an ideal scenario, but I’m still a big name in the division. And sometimes, when you lose a fight, other fights can be easier to be made. And that’s happened in my career before, where I was... I didn’t lose a fight, but I was dropped in Texas twice in the first round, I got the (Scott) Quigg fight and the (Leo) Santa Cruz fight," Frampton said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Letmaku on 02-09-2019

Carl vs Gary war! Framptons are braves! Frochs are jealous mates!

Comment by Cen fath? on 02-09-2019

[QUOTE=earl-hickey;19496441]What? why? He's been terrible since the LSC rematch and he just got jobbed by face first bumusher[/QUOTE] Exactly. You’d call out LSC after you beat Warrington convincingly, but that didn’t happen. This hurts Carl’s credibility.

Comment by Frankie2Jabs on 02-08-2019

Frampton just a late bloomer with PBC now making room in the UK. I expect good fights to come. I think the fallout with Frampton and McGuigan affected Carl since.

Comment by Yodpayak on 02-08-2019

He names the Mexicans which shows he is in it for the money now. He knows his best days are gone he just want that pay.

Comment by Jab jab boom on 02-08-2019

Leo took that W and ran after begging for and being granted an immediate rematch following his loss. Now Frampton will never get that shot back after losing his last fight.

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