It initially seemed to be rematches with Josh Warrington and Leo Santa Cruz or retirement for Belfast boxer.
However, after prematurely indicating that he was “done” after his points reverse to IBF featherweight champion Warrington last month, Frampton’s retirement stance seems to be thawing.
The former two-weight world champion, only the second Irish fighter to achieve the feat, has recently admitted he feels more than capable of continuing, but stresses he only wants big fights.
Michael Conlan’s promoter Bob Arum has one in mind, suggesting he would like WBO world champ Oscar Valdez to defend against the Jamie Moore-trained fighter next.
However, his most recent defeater has suggested another career path. Warrington believes Frampton could fight recent world title challenger at super featherweight James Tennyson at the bigger weight and start a journey that could lead to him becoming a three-weight world champ.
“Before the fight I was very confident of beating Carl and I said I thought it would be his last fight because of what got said in the build-up,” he told The Irish News when asked about what might be next for Frampton.
“I said if he didn’t retire then I could see him moving up to have a big showdown with James Tennyson, I think he said himself he would be looking to move up to be a three-weight world champion, so they are the options he has really.”
Whether at this stage former European champion Tennyson, who has sparred with Frampton as well as fought on his undercards would constitute the kind of name to tempt ‘The Jackal’ to fight on is questionable – not to mention that the Poleglass puncher looks set to move to lightweight in the near future.
However, an all-Belfast fight might have some appeal and a win over ‘The Assassin’, who returns from his defeat to IBF world champ Tevin Farmer at the Ulster Hall on February 9th could open doors to a super featherweight tilt.
Putting the Matchroom-Frank Warren aspect to one side a fight with Jono Carroll where he to defeat Farmer in Philadelphia on St Patrick’s weekend could be made as both are with the same managerial stable.