So packed with talented and exciting fighters is the featherweight division the 126 pound scene has become one of the most exciting in the World.
It’s a weight class populated by fan-friendly punchers like three weight world champ Leo Santa Cruz, IBF champ Lee Selby, WBC belt holder Gary Russell Jr and now Carl Frampton. Indeed, amateur legend Guillermo Rigondeaux has this week stated his intentions to move up to try and get a piece of the action.
As a result there are massive fight options for Frampton moving forward from unification fights to a rematch with Santa Cruz, a fighter he beat in his first, barring a few early career bouts, professional 126lbs fight.
Regardless of who he decides to fight next, Sky Pundit Glen McCrory believes he will start as favourite to win. Indeed McCory is adamant ‘The Jackal’ is a special talent, the best featherweight in World boxing, a bonafide British and Irish legend and the best of all the Britain and Ireland’s 13 current World champs.
“For me Carl is the number one World champion in Britain and we have a lot at the moment and post-war he has to be up there with the very best. He’s as strong a fighter as Britain has ever produced. He’s already surpassed Barry McGuigan’s legacy and the great thing for Carl is that there are a number of marquee fights at featherweight,” said McCrory, who will be coming to the Dockers Club on Thursday August 11 (4pm) along with BoxNation commentator John Rawling for a book signing and boxing chat.
“There’s a lot of talk about a rematch with Santa Cruz and it’s obvious why that would happen after such a great fight but I would be confident that Carl would beat him again and then you have Gary Russell Jnr, the WBC champion, who’s a very good fighter.”
“For the UK everyone would like to see a fight between Carl and Lee Selby, who has the IBF title.
“Selby has fought in America and not set the world alight but he’s a tall, skillful fighter and that would be a massive fight for the UK. I think Carl starts favourite against all of them.”
McCrory wants more big Big Apple nights for the Belfast man and explained that “what I would love to see is Carl fighting at Madison Square Garden.”
“Fighters like Lennox Lewis and Oscar De La Hoya have brought New York to a standstill and Carl can do the same. The east coast Americans are right behind him now.”