After disposing of four weight world champion Nonito Donaire via a unanimous point’s decision, Carl Frampton confirmed that his next fight is going to be on the 18th of August at Belfast’s Windsor Park.

With a capacity that can be extended to 22,000, Frampton is going to treat his loyal fans, some of whom have previously travelled to the USA twice in six months, to a fight at Northern Ireland’s national stadium.

However, despite a date and a venue being confirmed, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious opponent for Frampton to face in August, who ideally would like to face one of the division’s current world champions to help increase the stature of the fight. Frampton has been quoted as saying ‘We need to get an opponent soon and it needs to be a big name’. However, this is proving to be more difficult than some may think.

The status of the current world champions in the Featherweight division

  • Leo Santa Cruz/Abner Mares (WBA) - Fighting each other on the 9th of June for the WBA super title. Santa Cruz is the strong favourite in this fight after defeating Mares via a majority decision almost three years ago. A trilogy between Santa Cruz and Frampton is a possibility in the future, with the third fight most likely to be in the US again as Santa Cruz has refused to come to Belfast in the past.

  • Gary Russell Jnr (WBC) – Russell Jnr has consistently only fought one fight per year for a while now (last fight was May this year) and hasn’t fought outside of the US so is unlikely to be fighting Frampton in Belfast in August. However, with an impressive CV this is a fight that many would like to see happen in 2019, potentially in a unification clash.

  • Josh Warrington (IBF) – Soundly defeated Lee Selby against all the odds recently at Elland Road. Is unlikely to be ready for August and it’s hard to see him going up against Frampton so soon after winning his first world title. However, in a fight that would fill a stadium whether it be Elland road or Windsor Park, Frampton V Warrington is definitely a fight that could happen in 2019.

  • Oscar Valdez (WBO) – Had a tough fight against Scott Quigg earlier this year and paid the price for it, suffering a broken jaw in the 5th round. Despite coming out vi