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Frampton Wants Title at 130-Pounds, Revenge on Santa Cruz

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

CARL FRAMPTON believes he has already over-achieved but that’s not going to stop him targeting more world honours.

The Belfast boxer returns to his home city this weekend to take on Mexican Andres Gutierrez at the SSE Arena on Saturday night.

Frampton, 30, has not fought at home since his February 2015 IBF super-bantamweight title defence against Chris Avalos at the same venue.

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But he is now looking to get back on the world title trail in a bid to become a four-time champion.

When Frampton turned professional in 2009, his manager and mentor Barry McGuigan backed him to become a world champion and said he would be one of Ireland’s finest fighters.

Many scoffed but Frampton has surpassed even McGuigan’s expectations by becoming the first Northern Irishman to win world titles in two divisions.

He won the IBF and WBA belt at super-bantamweight before moving up to take the WBA featherweight crown from Leo Santa Cruz last year, only to lose it again in a thrilling rematch.

“I’d like to win a title in another weight division, I’d like to avenge the loss to Santa Cruz too,” he said.

“I’m a two-weight and a three-time world champion but a four-time world champion sounds good too.

“I have already over-achieved, I’ve done more than I ever thought I could. I just wanted to become a world champion when I turned professional.

“I still want to do a bit more. I’ll be a bit disappointed if I don’t win another title.”

Frampton is aiming to secure a rematch with Santa Cruz and is prepared to travel after the American-based Mexican refused to come across the Atlantic for the third part of their trilogy.

He is also eyeing a domestic duel with IBF champion Lee Selby, who recently defended his title against Jonathan Barros, with a five-fight plan before retirement.

But first Frampton has to deal with Gutierrez, saying: “This guy is made for me. He comes forward, hands up, aggressive. I love that.

“If I could pick someone who is perfect for me this guy would be it. He’s a good fighter though so I will have to be on my game.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mmakilla on 07-26-2017

[QUOTE=Mirko Troll Cop;17891264]Of course not. When you see Mcguigan shake his head when Rigo is mentioned or DiBella they act like kids not wanting to give up their favorite comic books that aren't even in mint condition for top dollar.…

Comment by Lester Tutor on 07-26-2017

[QUOTE=mmakilla;17891236]im just being real! You and i both know its not happening[/QUOTE] Of course not. When you see Mcguigan shake his head when Rigo is mentioned or DiBella they act like kids not wanting to give up their favorite comic…

Comment by mmakilla on 07-26-2017

[quote=mirko troll cop;17891045]"i'm the only super bantamweight that can beat him... I'd love to fight him." -frampton btw, that's verbatim... Does frampton have a strap? Does beating rigo put frampton on the p4p again? Cause remember, "i think i'm the…

Comment by richardt on 07-26-2017

What has always bothered me about Frampton was twice he said he wants to be the best and even he said the only way to do that is through Rigo but Frampton never attempted to make that fight and let…

Comment by Lester Tutor on 07-26-2017

[QUOTE=mmakilla;17890836]dude why the hell would frampton go down a weight class for a tough fight and his smallest paycheck lol! That makes no sense in todays boxing culture....[/QUOTE] "I'm the only Super Bantamweight that can beat him... I'd love to…

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