Since a potential Carl Frampton v Oscar Valdez fight was first mentioned back in September, the Northern Irishman has a strong desire to face the Mexican.

Saturday's bout with Nonito Donaire will be for the WBO Interim Featherweight belt, so a potential match-up with Valdez, who holds the full World Title, could be in play for later this year.

Speaking to Behind The Gloves about his ambitions to become a four-time World Champion, 'The Jackal' explained that while the Interim belt is important on this occasion, he wants to beat one of the Champions at 126 pounds.

"It's pretty much a final eliminator with a belt on the line. It's always nice to win a belt - they look nice on your mantelpiece, or in the cabinet somewhere. Fighters in the past have called themselves World Champions after winning an Interim Title. I know what this is, I'm not going to call myself a World Champion," said the 31-year-old.

"I won't feel like a World Champion unless I beat an Oscar Valdez or a Leo Santa Cruz or a [Lee] Selby or [Josh] Warrington, whoever comes out in that fight."

Frampton presser

Should he beat the 'Filipino Flash' in Belfast, Frampton will have options. He could meet 24-0 Valdez for the full WBO Championship, or the Selby v Warrington winner in what would be a big event in the UK.

"This has just given me the option. People talk about Selby or Warrington, and obviously being linked to the same team that fight can happen, but it's just another option," he added.

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