Belfast super bantamweight prospect Carl Frampton is coming off of the best win of his career, and promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing is talking up a big domestic clash with the Scott Quigg vs Rendall Munroe winner in the near future.
Hearn indicates that Frampton (15-0, 10 KO) will first face Kiko Martinez (27-3, 19 KO), but that he plans to make a big offer to the Quigg-Munroe winner after their fight on Saturday, which is the main undercard bout on the Ricky Hatton comeback show in Manchester.
"We will make an announcement next week regarding Martinez v Frampton, but I am also getting ready to make a huge offer to the Quigg v Munroe winner tomorrow night," Hearn confirmed to World Boxing News.
Quigg and Munroe met earlier this year, but the fight was stopped in the third round due to a nasty cut on Munroe. In the meantime, Frampton demolished former world champion Steve Molitor in September, battering him over six rounds before the fight was stopped.
As for Martinez, he and Frampton were supposed to meet on that September 22 date in Belfast, but Martinez pulled out and was replaced by Molitor. In October, after losing a purse bid to Sergio Martinez, Hearn said that he wasn't particularly interested in Frampton facing Kiko, but it is a decent fight and makes sense for Frampton. Jeffrey Mathebula and Rico Ramos were mentioned by Hearn in October as possible alternatives.
As for the Frampton vs Quigg-Munroe winner, I think everyone would like to see that one. The British scene at 122 pounds has gotten pretty damn good, and Frampton has really won me over this year as a potentially serious contender on the world stage. With both Quigg and Munroe promoted by Hatton, and Hatton generally having a tough time finding good TV dates for his fighters now that Matchroom and Sky are married, it would make sense from their end, too.