Ringside: Carl Frampton to chase Leo Santa Cruz's WBC title after Kiko Martinez snub

Last Updated: 22/01/14 5:25pm

Carl Frampton: looking forward to world title fight in 2014

Carl Frampton told Ringside he'll to take on Leo Santa Cruz for the WBC super-bantamweight title and called on Eddie Hearn to make the Scott Quigg fight happen.

Belfast-born Frampton was hoping for a rematch with IBF super-bantamweight title holder Kiko Martinez, who he beat in 2009, but the Spaniard snubbed Pro-Boxing management's lucrative offer to voluntary defend his title against Japanese former featherweight and bantamweight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa in April.

"It's a massive fight and I'll fight him anywhere, even in Manchester. The purse doesn't matter that much, I'll fight him anywhere"

Carl Frampton

Frampton said Martinez and his agent Miguel Angel de Pablos have taken the easier fight.

"We're going the WBC route; we've made a massive offer to Kiko Martinez. I was actually in the room when the offer was made.

"I know when he prepared for his defence against me for his European title in Belfast it was ten times that and a rematch if he wanted it. I think he's taken the easier fight, so we go after Leo Santa Cruz now."

Santa Cruz, who holds the WBC super bantamweight title, called out the undefeated Frampton in December and boxing fans should be able to look forward to this clash happening in 2014.

"We've removed ourselves from the IBF and are going for mandatory because potentially we could be waiting until 2015 for that fight (with Martinez). I want a world title fight this year and Santa Cruz wants to fight me, so that's the one I'm chasing," added Frampton.


The 26-year-old could also face fellow Brit Scott Quigg this year, after he revealed Matchroom Sport had laid their cards on the table back in December, although they so far have not followed up on the proposal.

"The last correspondence we had was when Eddie Hearn made us an offer - this was before the Darren Barker v Felix Sturm fight - we said let's talk.

"We all know how long ago that was and I still haven't heard anything since. I don't know maybe his computer is broken or his phone is broken. But Eddie pick up the phone.

"It's a massive fight and I'll fight him anywhere, even in Manchester. The purse doesn't matter that much, I'll fight him anywhere but it's about options; I left Matchroom Sport for a reason and if the two promoters back their fighters, then let's get it on."