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Carl Frampton aiming for WBC title shot against Leo Santa Cruz

After failing to secure a fight with IBF titleholder Kiko Martinez, Carl Frampton is targeting Leo Santa Cruz and the WBC belt.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Carl Frampton holds a win over Kiko Martinez, but it's Martinez who has gone on to win a world title, and not Frampton. And though he's tried to secure a rematch for Martinez's IBF belt, Frampton says that Kiko and his team passed on a rematch and chose instead to face Hozumi Hasegawa.

With that, Frampton (17-0, 12 KO) is instead looking to make an even more intriguing fight against WBC titlist Leo Santa Cruz.

"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."

"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.

Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KO) is likely to face Cristian Mijares on March 8 as part of the Canelo-Angulo undercard in Las Vegas, but he'll be the favorite there. That's not to say Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KO) doesn't have upset potential in that matchup, but if Frampton focuses on the WBC belt, he may be able to get himself into a mandatory spot sooner than later.

If Santa Cruz-Frampton were to happen, who would you favor? They're definitely two of the best fighters at 122 pounds right now, and are both young and at least in their primes, if not still on the rise.

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