Jakarta. Undefeated Irish boxer and two-division world champion Carl Frampton says he wants to make history by becoming the first Irish fighter in boxing to hold world titles in three different weight divisions.
Frampton currently holds the WBA featherweight and the IBF super bantamweight championship belts. However, he is eyeing a move up one more weight class to pursue a third division title.
"I want to be a three-weight world champion," Frampton said in a recent interview with Sky Sports.
"That is the goal. It wasn't necessarily at the start of my career, but 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."
But before Frampton can even think about moving up once more, he will have to get past the task at hand — a highly-anticipated rematch against Leo Santa Cruz on Jan. 28 in Las Vegas.
Frampton captured the WBA featherweight strap with a razor-thin 12-round decision over Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last July.
Should Frampton defeat Santa Cruz once again, his next fight could come against IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby although his true target is another title at super featherweigt.
"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," Frampton said.
Frampton is certainly not a fighter lacking in confidence. At an undefeated 23-win clip, Frampton has proven to have all the tools necessary to become a multi-divisional champion.
The 29-year-old is young, talented, and mature beyond his years. His future looks very bright.
"We'll pretty much be in Las Vegas for a month," said Frampton.
"When I was over last time, when I fought him [Cruz] in New York, we went over a month earlier and we didn't fix what wasn't not broken. We are going to do it again; get used to the time difference, just get used to the surroundings and just soak it all up, [so that I'll] enjoy myself when I'm out there for the big fight."
The fight is less than three weeks away.