Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton has a plethora of options available to him as the Irishman nears a return announcement for the summer.
With an Irish homecoming touted in the coming months, Frampton is currently ranked highly with all the major organisations as yet another world title shot lies on the horizon.
Whilst four organizations have Frampton in the top ten at 126 pounds, two of which (WBC and IBO) have ‘The Jackal’ rated at number one, the WBA have recently placed the Belfast puncher at number two in the higher category of 130.
Having already landed recognized belts at 122 and 126, it seems an appropriate move for Frampton to embark on claiming more gold with a chance at Jezreel Corrales or potentially an eliminator with Bryan Vasquez viable choices with the World Boxing Association.
Any clash at featherweight with WBC ruler Gary Russell Jr. would almost certainly take place in the USA, whilst the WBO only rate Frampton at nine. The IBF have taken closer order when ranking Frampton at three, meaning a massive all-UK encounter with Lee Selby remains an attractive proposition.
Selby could be the only feasible bout left for Frampton at the lower 126 pound limit, although facing someone in the ilk of a Stephen Smith on home soil to feel his way into the super-featherweight class could also appeal.
Landing Vasyl Lomachenko would be the highest profile and most financially rewarding contest for Frampton, although a title may be needed first in any attempt to secure the Ukrainian in the future.
There’s also a trilogy clash with Leo Santa Cruz to consider, which would put an end to a saga that has raised Frampton’s profile enormously in the United States.
A big decision on what happens next lies ahead for Frampton, who will be aiming to build on the many accolades thrown his way following a standout 2016.
Current ratings for Carl Frampton: