Top five next opponents for Josh Warrington

Josh Warrington
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Jack Figg considers what new IBF featherweight world champion Josh Warrington should do next

1. Carl Frampton

A former two-weight world Frampton is one of Britain’s most high profile boxers. Despite Frampton finding himself next in line for Oscar Valdez’s WBO title, the Mexican champion is recovering from a broken jaw meaning the Belfast man could become free for a big domestic showdown possibly at Windsor Park. Frampton has stated he is open for the match-up despite viewing Valdez as a bigger fight globally.

2. Gary Russell Jr

Russell Jr has held a featherweight world title for the longest period of time out of all four current champions and the American’s dazzling hand speed would make for a thrilling encounter. Having defended his title on the same night as Warrington won, scheduling a potential match-up shouldn’t be a problem.

3. Leo Santa Cruz/Abner Mares winner

WBA world champion Leo Santa Cruz has previous history with Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton and after their two meetings caught fire, a unification for the Mexican would be welcomed. Mares is also a three-weight world champion and a victory against Santa Cruz on his record would establish his reputation.

4. Oscar Valdez

After his impressive victory over Scott Quigg, Mexican WBO world champion Oscar Valdez proved he is elite level with his amazing hand speed and relentless pressure. A unification bout for Valdez would be a welcome encounter however with the Mexican recovering from a broken jaw and Frampton next in line to challenge for his belt this match-up is not likely to be soon.

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5. Scott Quigg

A former world champion and a veteran of the domestic scene, Quigg would act as a risky but respectable defence and with the hype and build up all-British showdowns attract, this fight would get people interested.

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