Carl Frampton hopes to face Leo Santa Cruz for a third time after his showdown with Josh Warrington on Saturday. Frampton beat the Mexican in 2016 but then lost to Santa Cruz in a rematch the following year.
The Northern Irishman will bid to claim the IBF featherweight title from Josh Warrington at the Manchester Arena on December 22.
The 30-year-old says he will not underestimate Warrington but he rates the Leeds boxer as the fourth best world champion in the weight class, behind Santa Cruz, Gary Russell and Oscar Valdez.
Frampton is confident he will be able to secure a win in Manchester next weekend and after that he wants to face one of the other world champions, which could lead to the completion of a trilogy with Santa Cruz.
He said: “Gary Russell, Leo Santa Cruz and Oscar Valdez are all ahead of Warrington in terms of career achievements. But I believe I can beat any one of them. I believe in my mind that I am the number one featherweight on the planet.”
He added: “Santa Cruz beat me so I’d probably have him as number one in the world right now. Warrington would be my number four, or number five if I put myself in there. Valdez, Santa Cruz and Russell are still my targets. After I fight Warrington I don’t want to fight anyone else other than those three.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.