Carl Frampton to fight IBF mandatory challenger Chris Avalos
Carl Frampton is set to disappoint Scott Quigg's camp by taking on IBF mandatory challenger Chris Avalos next year.
The Tiger's Bay man won the IBF world super-bantamweight title in magnificent style last month with another assured victory over champion Kiko Martinez, the second of his career.
A British showdown against WBA champion Quigg has long been mooted, and Sheffield's Kid Galahad would also dearly love to get in on the act with box-office star Frampton.
However, IBF officials have made it clear that Avalos is the mandatory challenger and that is the fight that now looks most likely to take place, probably early next year.
The venue has yet to be decided but Frampton's camp would like the 27-year-old to build up more of a profile in America with possible showdowns against Leo Santa Cruz and the formidable Guillermo Rigondeaux in the pipeline.
But Frampton, who is recovering from a hand injury sustained in the devastating demolition of Spaniard Martinez, wants to focus on Californian fighter Avalos before taking on Quigg.
"I want to fight Scott Quigg next but I have to fight this mandatory challenger so that can't happen," said The Jackal.
"But after that I can fight Quigg as a voluntary defence - the Odyssey Arena would be too small, it needs to be outdoor somewhere.
"You could have it in Belfast, maybe Windsor Park or Ravenhill, put 30,000 people in there in the summer time."