Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton has nailed down his next opponent as the undefeated fighter will face-off against former world champion Huge Cazares at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast this spring.
The current European title holder had hoped to challenge for the IBF title following his eliminator victory over Jeremy Parodi in October, although former foe Kiko Martinez plumped for a voluntary defence in Japan instead.
Promoter and manager Barry McGuigan has now decided to go a different route rather than waiting for Martinez to be forced to fight his mandatory and has designs on a massive future world title bout with Leo Santa Cruz.
Frampton, 26, has to go through veteran ex-two weight king Cazares to get there though after McGuigan managed to persuade the WBC to put their ‘final eliminator’ stamp on the fight. That should mean a Santa Cruz challenge is in the frame for Frampton by the end of 2014.
Santa Cruz is currently pencilled in to fight Cristian Mijares in a mandatory bout on March 8 in Las Vegas, meaning Frampton could potentially face another wait for a voluntary to be completed before gaining his shot. That is unless Golden Boy agree to take the Frampton fight in the summer, but would almost certainly mean a trip to US for the Belfast man.
With the 17-0 puncher handily placed with most organisations though, it seems like just a matter of time before Frampton seals his chance and knows he can ill-afford any slip-ups against the wily Mexican on April 4.
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