- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Just a few minutes after Carl Frampton claimed a unanimous decision victory against brave Kiko Martinez to win a junior featherweight world title on Saturday in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Frampton was asked about what he would like to do next.
Although names such as titleholder Leo Santa Cruz and mandatory challenger Chris Avalos were part of the conversation, Frampton made it clear who he wanted to face.
"The only man I want to fight is Scott Quigg," Frampton said of the secondary titlist from England. "I'll fight him in [his hometown of] Manchester. I'll fight him anywhere."
Quigg has his own business to deal with on Saturday when he makes his fourth title defense against former European bantamweight champion Stephane Jamoye of Belgium at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester. But assuming all goes well against Jamoye, Quigg said he is up for the challenge against Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs), 27, which is great, considering that Frampton-Quigg has loomed as a big one in U.K. boxing.
"I was pleased to see Carl win the title on Saturday and now it makes perfect sense for us to fight," Quigg said. "I'll fight him in Belfast, no problem -- but 9,000 in Belfast versus 20,000 in Manchester, it makes more sense to do it there. But if they can find somewhere in Belfast with 20,000 then I can go there, I don't care. It's one of the biggest fights in British boxing alongside Amir Khan and Kell Brook. It’s that big, everyone has an opinion.
"We both think we can win, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t fight and I know that I will come out with both belts."
Quigg badly underestimated Frampton’s drawing power. His fight with Martinez drew a sold-out crowd of 16,000 to a temporary outdoor stadium built specifically for the fight in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.
Regardless where a Frampton-Quigg fight takes place, it would probably be an excellent fight. So it’s up to Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) to take care of Jamoye (26-5, 16 KOs), who only took the fight a few weeks ago as a substitute for the injured Paulus Ambunda.
"Jamoye is a very good fighter," the 25-year-old Quigg said. "He's only 24 but he's been around at a good level for a long time. He's boxed for a world title in Japan. He is prepared to travel and travels well. He comes forward and he's got some good names on his [record]. He has fallen short at the top level, but he would have gained experience from that and will have learned from it."