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Frampton must fight Ruiz if he wants to be best super bantam says promoter

The promoter of new WBC super bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz has called out Carl Frampton.

Sampson Lewkowicz  issued the challenge to the unified WBA and IBF champ on Saturday night following his man’s first round knockout of Julio Ceja at the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California.

Ruiz, who overturned Ceja in a rematch of their first fight last August, dismissed the possibility of a rubber match with his fellow Mexican following the crushing win.

Instead Lewkowicz pointed to the Belfast star and claimed that “I really believe that Frampton, if he wants to say he’s the best 122-pounder, he needs to unify with Ruiz, and we’ll do that in England, America or wherever he wants.”

A bout with the as-of-yet little-known Ruiz [36(32)-3(2)] seems unlikely in the near future considering ‘The Jackal’ has mandatory challenges incoming from both Shingo Wake and Guillermo Rigondeaux, as well as eyeing a superfight with PBC star Leo Santa Cruz.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie