Frampton reveals three-weight plan

04 January 2017 08:32:45 EST

Carl Frampton has confirmed that he would like to become a world champion at three different weights.

The 30-year-old Belfast fighter, who added the WBA belt to his IBF strap in the super-bantamweight unification showdown against Scott Quigg last February, then stepped up a weight class to 126lbs.

When you reach targets you set new goals and Steve Collins is the only other Irishman to hold world titles in different divisions, so I want to stand alone.

Carl Frampton

Frampton's first fight at his new weight saw him become the first Northern Irishman to become a two-weight world champion as he defeated the previously unbeaten Mexican Leo Santa Cruz to claim the WBA 'Super' featherweight title courtesy of a majority points decision in New York at the end of July.

Frampton agreed to a rematch with Santa Cruz and the pair will go head-to-head for a second time at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 28th January.

Frampton is confident of seeing off Santa Cruz again and is already looking to move up another weight and emulate Dubliner Steve Collins who held world titles in three weight divisions in the 1990s.

"I want to be a three-weight world champion," he told Sky Sports.

"That is the goal. It wasn't necessarily at the start of my career, when you reach targets you set new goals and Steve Collins is the only other Irishman to hold world titles in different divisions, so I want to stand alone."

Looking ahead to his bout with Santa Cruz, he added: "I've been working hard and sparring well and although I am 30, I feel I am getting better and if I take what I've been doing into the gym so far in with me, I am going to win the fight convincingly.

"We'll pretty much be in Las Vegas for a month. When I was over last time, when I fought him in New York, we went over a month early and we don't fix what's not broken."

Frampton is 4/7 to defeat Santa Cruz for a second time at the end of this month, while the Mexican can be backed at 6/4 to exact revenge and reclaim his title.

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