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Frampton’s next move yet to be officially decided

Leo Santa Cruz seems in Carl Frampton pole, but no deal has been agreed according to both trainer Shane McGuigan and Manager Barry McGuigan.

According to Showtime the pair had agreed to meet Stateside in the Summer in a featherweight World title fight.

However, while Team Cyclone and indeed Ireland’s first unified World champion have expressed a desire to fight the known American name, nothing has been agreed with a fighter, who also has links to Al Haymon and PBC.

The WBA and IBF super bantamweight World title holder has a host of options including mandatory clashes with Shingo Wake and Gulliermo Rigondeaux, while former Pound for Pound #3 Nonito Donaire and Hugo Ruiz have also been mentioned.

Speaking to Boxing Wales when pushed on a future clash with Lee Selby Barry McGuigan said:

“We have to see what’s Carl’s next fight is going to be. Is it going to be Shingo Wake, Nonito Donaire, [Hugo] Ruiz for the WBC title or is it going to be [Leo] Santa Cruz? That still has to be sorted out, we haven’t sat down for proper negotiations or discussions yet because we’ve been tied up with all of this. The train keeps moving but those are all distinct possibilities.”

While Shane McGuigan also revealed they are still exploring options.

“There has been talks of Santa Cruz but nothing has been agreed yet – so we will have to wait and see what happens. And see if they can get that fight made.

“If not Carl has mandatorys with Shingo Wake with the IBF and Guillermo Rigondeax with the WBA.

“But we don’t know whats going on with Rigondeaux after the Jezza Dickens situation.

“There is also Nonito Donaire who is about to fight fight for the vacant WBO World title and there is also WBC World champion Hugo Ruiz.

“But hopefully we can get the Santa Cruz fight over the line but if not we have plenty of other fights for Carl,”


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