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“Bring it on” – Carl Frampton open to Oscar Valdez title clash

Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] has stated his desire for a title clash with WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez.

‘The Jackal’ was an interested and impressed observer on April 22nd when Valdez defended his belt for a second time in Los Angeles.

In what was his first real testing fight as a pro, the Mexican gym mate of Mick Conlan outpointed Colombian Miguel Marriaga in a war, with the tenth round especially being marked out as one of the rounds of the year.

Double Olympian Valdez [22(19)-0] has built a name for himself with his exciting, power-punching style, and a fight with Frampton, who lost his WBA title to Leo Santa Cruz in January, was suggested in the aftermath.

The Belfast man himself believes that such a match-up has the potential to be a top fight, and he confirmed that it is a fight that he would be more than up for.

Writing in his weekly column for the Sunday Life, Frampton said “bring it on.”

“WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez came through a war with Colombia’s Miguel Marriage last weekend and straight away there was a lot of talk on social media about a fight with me being the most exciting in the division.”

“Valdez is a hard puncher and he throws a lot of shots so I think it would be a very exciting fight and it’s one that I would like to see happening.”

An opponent for Frampton’s homecoming fight at Windsor Park has yet to be announced – although it is extremely unlikely, considering timeframe, that the opponent will be Valdez. Nevertheless, these comments are encouraging in relation to a potential fight between the pair in the future.

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