Since a potential Carl Frampton v Oscar Valdez fight was initially mentioned in September, the Northern Irishman has held strong desire to face the Mexican.
This Saturday’s scrap with Nonito Donaire for the WBO interim featherweight strap could potentially lead to bout with Valdez, who holds the full world title.
Speaking to BoxNation about ambitions of becoming four-time world champion, “The Jackal” explained that while the Interim belt is important, he wants to beat a champion at 126 pounds.
“It’s pretty much a final eliminator with a belt on the line. It’s always nice to win a belt - they look nice on your mantelpiece, or in the cabinet somewhere. Fighters in the past have called themselves world champions after winning an interim title. I know what this is, I’m not going to call myself a world champion,” said the 31-year-old.
”I won’t feel like a world champion unless I beat an Oscar Valdez or a Leo Santa Cruz or a [Lee] Selby or [Josh] Warrington, whoever comes out in that fight.”
”This has just given me the option. People talk about Selby or Warrington, and obviously being linked to the same team that fight can happen, but it’s just another option,” he added.