Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] believes that IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby‘s career is in the doldrums, but still hopes to face the Welshman in the future.
‘The Jackal’ and his team had been in talks with Selby for a Summer showdown in Belfast but negotiations would break down and relationships would somewhat sour.
Frampton feels that his time was wasted by Selby [24(9)-1(0)] who has a pending, seemingly unavoidable, fight with mandatory challenger Jonathan Victor Barros, while the Barry boxer’s team note how something could have been worked out.
In any case, Frampton makes a Belfast homecoming on July 29th against Andres Gutierrez in a WBC eliminator at the SSE Odyssey Arena, while Selby defends his red belt against Barros on the Eubank-Abraham undercard at the Wembley Arena on July 15th.
Former two-weight champ Frampton stated that “Selby wasted our time.”
“There were talks going with their team [Selby], they were telling us that their mandatory, the fight wasn’t going to happen and we were thinking ‘well we’ll get in there.'”
“Talks were ongoing, but the IBF said ‘this fight [Selby v Barros] must happen.'”
“The purse bid had already been agreed, that was won by Al Haymon and it has to happen.”
Indeed Frampton believes that Selby’s career and standing is not what you would expect for an admittedly extremely talented world champion. The Welsh Mayweather has not fought at home in three years, and has fought just three times since wining the belt in May 2015.
The Tiger’s Bay favourite mused how “Selby’s a world champion but, to be honest, I think he’s up shit creek.”
“What does he do? I don’t know what the guy is going to do.”
“He doesn’t sell a ticket, he wasted our time.”
The pair, both 30, had been quite friendly before beginning ultimately fruitless negotiations, but Frampton is still keen on facing Selby.
The Ulsterman outlined how “that’s a fight that would be great hopefully if it could happen in the future, it just wasn’t to be this time.”
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