A further option has landed in the lap of former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton as the Belfast man was named number one contender by the World Boxing Council in the new March ratings.
The 30 year-old lost for the first time in his career against Leo Santa Cruz earlier in 2017 and harbors high hopes of securing a third fight with the Mexican-American star later this year.
As rumors continue that Santa Cruz may be ready to move on from their rivalry, Frampton could be pushed forward for current 126 pound WBC title holder Gary Russell Jr. instead.
Russell has a mandatory obligation against Oscar Escandon to follow through with – whilst injury to the interim champion has meant a delay to the contest – originally scheduled for March 11.
Should Escandon prove to be unfit to take his place, Frampton may well get the call to face Russell once his Clean Boxing Program paperwork is all in place, although the WBC are still expectant their original mandatory contest will go through without a hiccup.
Fights opposite UK names Lee Selby and Josh Warrington are also in the frame for Frampton’s imminent return as a homecoming contest on British shores is considered by promoter and manager Barry McGuigan.
Due to Frampton’s loss, another fight in the US could still be needed to keep his Stateside reputation firing and in the hunt for title chances against Russell, Selby or indeed Santa Cruz.