Frampton targets Santa Cruz
Carl Frampton will turn his attention to a world title fight and not British rival Scott Quigg if he defeats Hugo Fidel Cazares on Friday night.
Frampton has been edging towards the big names in the super bantamweight division and will put his 17-fight unbeaten record on the line against Mexican Cazares in Belfast.
A domestic showdown with WBA champion Quigg has evaded Frampton, with both men unable to agree terms, and the 'Jackal' has instead set his sights on WBC king Leo Santa Cruz.
The Californian has expressed a willingness to defend his belt against Frampton and he believes a big fight in America could be on the horizon.
"I've been crying out for the Quigg fight for a long, long time," he told the Guardian.
"It would be a shame if that didn't happen. But look, I'm not going to wait around and call him out for the rest of my career, for a fight that might not ever happen. I have to get on with things and - and that's why we're looking at L?Santa Cruz."
"Santa Cruz has been talking about me as much as I've been talking about him, which is great. It doesn't usually happen that way, the champion calling the challenger out.
"I think Golden Boy sees the potential in a massive showdown with Santa Cruz. But, in saying that, C?res is the man to take care of first. If I don't, then there is no Santa Cruz fight or potentially any other big fights."