Sources in Japan have reported that the IBF have ordered #1 ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (19-4-2, 11) and unbeaten champion Carl Frampton (21-0, 14) to begin negotiations. The source, which also reports that the IBF have set a deadline of November 28th before calling purse bids, will allow the men to negotiate freely with each other until that date.
A second source has informed us that Wake's team are hoping that a deal will be sorted prior to that date and that they have made it clear that they are happy to travel with the US being a desired location for the bout from Wake's side. It does however look like it will depend on Frampton and his team, including his "advisor" Al Haymon and manager Barry McGuigan, who may see that the fight is an easier sell to the Irish and British public than the American market.
Although a relative unknown outside of Asia Wake has been linked to a world title fight for over a year. He was first linked to a fight with Scott Quigg, about a year ago, then he was linked to a December 2014 fight with Guillermo Rigondeaux before focusing on becoming the IBF mandatory challenger this year. He seems to have targeted Frampton for a reason and whilst we're only guessing we have to assume that he has seen something that swings the bout in his favour, possibly the short reach of the heavy handed champion.
(Image courtesy of Wake's blog)
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