CARL FRAMPTON will fight again. The former two weight world champion lost to IBF featherweight king Josh Warrington last December. But speaking to Boxing News on Wednesday he ruled out retiring.
“100% [he will fight again]. We’ll probably know more in the next two weeks,” Frampton told BN.
He watched the Warrington fight back for the first time on the Joe podcast. It left him “annoyed really more than anything”.
“In my head,” he continued, “I had it a lot more brutal than what it was watching it back. I thought it was a complete beatdown. There’s simple things I could do, either to flip the result on its head… I don’t want to be one of these deluded boxers who keep going on ‘I can beat the world’ but I feel like I could beat Josh Warrington with a different approach to the fight.”
More likely than a rematch is Frampton going straight into a fight with Oscar Valdez, the WBO featherweight champion. “Very dangerous he’s a big puncher but I think if I get back to doing what I can do best someone like Valdez suits me. Good puncher, big puncher but if I get up on my toes and move around he’s pretty easily hit. Although he beat up Scott Quigg, but Quigg had some success in that fight. I think that Valdez’s style suits me,” Carl said.
“I’m in a lucky position because Valdez, [Leo] Santa Cruz, even Gary Russell who’s been forgotten about, even though he’s the WBC champion, for some reason. I’m in the position where I lost the fight to Warrington but I’m still a decent name.
“I think Valdez could potentially happen and I think Santa Cruz could potentially happen. We’ll know more in the next couple of weeks.”
But he will have to go to America for those fights. “I can’t start as a non world champion, you know, asking the champions to come here,” he says.