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Carl Frampton wants Lee Selby unification next

If Lee Selby wants it – he has to come to Belfast claims Carl Frampton.

‘The Jackal’ defends his WBA featherweight title in a massive rematch with Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas this coming Saturday, but is confident of victory and sees the Welsh IBF strap holder as a natural next fight.

The Belfast talent claims the rangy and skillful Selby offers him the chance to further cement his legacy, as he provides him with opportunity to become two weight unified World champ and. as a result, is more than open to the match-up.

However, the undefeated two-weight World champion is even more keen on a homecoming, and claims the clash will have to take place in Belfast, with Windsor Park being lined up as a Summer venue.

Considering he hasn’t got the same ticket selling prowess of Frampton, traveling shouldn’t be an issue for Selby, but the Cyclone Promotions star is adamant the fight happens on his terms.

“I believe, although Lee has been more established as a featherweight, and he’s had a few defences of his title, I believe I’m the draw in that fight. I’m the one that sells the tickets and if the fight is going to happen, it happens on our terms and happens in Belfast.”

“If he’s willing to come to Belfast and have a unification fight with me in the summer after I beat Santa Cruz, then I’m happy to have it,” Frampton told Sky Sports.

Another victory over Santa Cruz live on American television will see Frampton cement his name as a bonafide World star and there will be numerous big name options for the featherweight. However, it’s said talks with Selby’s team have already taken place and ‘The Jackal’ claims a clash with Selby is a big draw.

“He’s a very good fighter, he’s someone who I have talked about a lot and I respect him,” said the 29-year-old.

“I think him and his brother Andrew are two of the most skillful fighters in the UK, but I just want to be involved in these big fights. It’s another unification fight, it’s another chance for me to create more of a legacy and more history. These are the type of fights that I want to be involved in.”

Joe O'Neill

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