Despite Frampton clinching the mandatory position in emphatic fashion against Hugo Cazares in last month’s WBC final eliminator, Cruz has stated that he hopes to face fellow British Super-Bantamweight Scott Quigg first.
A bout with the Bury man appears more lucrative as it gives the opportunity of the regular version of the WBA belt to be captured alongside the WBC belt.
Upon Frampton stopping Hugo Cazares, many were clamouring to the fine details of where the showdown between the Tiger Bay fighter and the reigning WBC champion would take place.
However, many had forgotten that Santa Cruz has nine month’s until he is summoned to face his mandatory challenger in Carl Frampton. While the champion is planning a different route to that which was once planned, he revealed to Sportsmail that his and Frampton’s paths will meet soon.
“Right now there is an opportunity to win another belt so hopefully we get the fight, unify the belts and then fight against Frampton. I think I will fight Scott Quigg before Carl Frampton, he has the belt and Frampton doesn’t have one right now. It’s a better opportunity against Scott Quigg.”
This may prove a blow to Team Frampton but it hasn’t caused them to stand still. Negotiations are currently taking place with former foe and IBF World Champion Kiko Martinez.
Since early 2013 when Frampton knocked out Martinez in the 9th round for the European belt, the Spaniard has gone on to clinch the World title and defend it twice. While the last bout ended in conclusive fashion, a rematch would give Frampton the opportunity to gain the IBF title before going into blockbuster clashes against the likes of Santa Cruz, Rigondeaux or Scott Quigg.
Frampton is seeking the big fights but a common theme is occurring: No one wants to come to Belfast to face the man who doesn’t have a World Title to throw into the mixing pot. Even negotiations with current IBF championMartinez may prove difficult as the Spaniard stated to Boxing Scene:
“Right now Carl Frampton is just another fighter, he doesn’t have any belt. He only fights at home. I just consider him another boxer. There are other interesting fights like against Scott Quigg rather than Frampton with no title.”
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