Amir Khan has backed Belfast’s Carl Frampton to rule the Super-bantamweight division.
Khan – who faces Luis Collazo in Las Vegas on May – is convinced ‘The Jackal’ has the tools to see off Hugo Cazares in their Final Eliminator for the WBC title at the Odyssey Arena on Friday night.
Speaking exclusively to the News Letter, two-time World champion Khan says Frampton is the real deal.
“I think Carl is a very talented fighter who will one day become a world champion.
“He’s very exciting and has progressed really well over the last year or so and he is just getting better and better,” Khan said.
“His win over Kiko Martinez was impressive and I thought he really looked the part that night against a guy who went on to be a World Champion.”
And Khan believes a clash with WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz would be a real crowd pleaser.
“After the Cazares fight, a showdown with WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz would be a brilliant one for him.
“Santa Cruz is a great fighter and the two of them meeting would be a great fight,” added Khan.
Khan – who won an Olympic silver medal in Athens in 2004 – says he would love Frampton and his huge domestic rival Scott Quigg to meet in the future.
“I would love to see Carl and Quigg face each other because that would be a top fight and I think it’s one all the British fans want to see happen.
“The Irish fans love Frampton and they’re a really knowledgeable about their boxing, so they know a good fighter when they see one.
“And WBA World champion Quigg has good support in England so it would be a really good atmosphere if it ever happens.
“The two of them are good boxers and they both have power, so it would be a great encounter,” he added.