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Lee Selby targeting Carl Frampton next after Warrington win

Lee Selby [26(9)-1(0)] claims he will be Belfast bound after he beats Josh Warrington in May.

The IBF featherweight title defence against the Leeds favourite has been confirmed for May 19th with Elland Road being earmarked as a possible venue along with the First Direct Arena.

And the Welsh fighter claims once he upsets a packed stadium in Leeds he will come to Belfast and do the same.

The current IBF title holder is confident of victory come May 19th and says once that is done he will ruin Carl Frampton’s Windsor Park dream night.

The long-term rivals will fight in Leeds – where the popular Warrington has built a sizeable fanbase – and promoter Frank Warren hopes to next week confirm Elland Road as the venue.

Barry boxer Selby has already made four successful defences of his title and, while the odds have shortened, he will remain the favourite against a challenger fighting for world honours for the first time.

Road-warrior Selby hopes to defeat Warrington before facing the winner of the April 21st match-up between Frampton [24(14)-1(0)] and Nonito Donaire – and is hoping for ‘The Jackal’ to prevail against ‘The Filipino Flash’ so he can make it two stadium fights in a row.

While some have been worried by the proximity of Selby-Warrington and Frampton’s proposed Windsor fight in late August, the reigning champ himself is keen on the fight and seemingly unbothered by a quick turnaround.

Selby outlined how “the plan is to beat Warrington and then go over to Belfast and beat Frampton too. If I beat Frampton then the world is my oyster. This is a huge year for me and by the end of it I’ll prove I’m the number one featherweight in the UK.”

Of his upcoming challenger, Selby described how “he’s done everything that has been asked of him so far.

“He’s picked up my vacated titles and beat a lot of my past opponents. To his credit, he’s earned his position as my mandatory challenger and deserves his shot.”



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