WBA Super World featherweight champion Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) is thinking about moving up in weight after his rematch with Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) on January 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 30-year-old Frampton wants to become a three-division world champion.
He’s already won titles in two weight classes at super bantamweight and featherweight. Now all he needs to do is move up to 130 to accomplish his goal. It’s going to be tough for Frampton to win a belt at super featherweight though, because there are some solid champions in that weight class.
Currently, the champions at super featherweight are as follows: Vasyl Lomachenko [WBO], Jose Pedraza [IBF], Jezreel Corrales (WBA], Jason Sosa [WBA] and Francisco Vargas [WBC]. My guess is Frampton will look to face Pedraza or Vargas. Those are the more vulnerable champions. Sosa, Lomachenko and Corrales would be tough outs for Frampton, and I’m not sure that he can beat any of them.
Frampton said this to skysports.com about his plans on moving up in weight:
“I want to be a three-weight world champion,” said Frampton. “That is the goal. It wasn’t necessarily at the start of my career, when you reach targets you set new goals, and Steve Collins is the only other Irishman to hold three titles in different divisions, so I want to stand alone.”
Frampton could easily remain the WBA featherweight champion for a long time if he stays in this weight class.
For the immediate future, Frampton’s biggest worry would be Abner Mares. He wants the fight against him, and he’s got a lot boxing skills and fast hands. It would be a different type of fight for Frampton. Unlike Santa Cruz, Mares is quite good on the inside. His quick hands make him hard to beat. However, Mares isn’t as good fighting on the outside as Frampton, and this could be a problem for him.
Frampton needs to make sure he doesn’t overlook the task at hand with Santa Cruz. The two of them fought last July with Frampton winning a contested 12 round majority decision in New York. Santa Cruz struggled in the first half of the fight when he was trying to fight on the outside. In the second half of the bout, Santa Cruz began to start pressuring Frampton in close, and he took over the fight completely in the last part of the fight. If Santa Cruz continues to fight on the inside right from the star, then he could wind up being Frampton.