Lee Selby confirms that he wants Carl Frampton next

IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby [23(8)-1(0)] has definitively stated that he wants to defend his title against Belfast’s Carl Frampton next.

The Welsh Mayweather fights on the undercard of the David Haye v Tony Bellew Sky pay-per-view at the O2 Arena in London tomorrow.

Selby will face Spaniard Andoni Gago [16(5)-2(0)-1] in what will be a ten-round, non-title fight.

It is not envisioned that Gago will pose much problems for the Barry boxer, and the bout is seen as more of an opportunity to shake off rust in the wake of his cancelled title defence last month against Argentine Jonathan Barros on the Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz rematch undercard.

Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] would lose his title that night in Las Vegas to Santa Cruz, and the Mexican-American seems reluctant to travel to Belfast for a third fight, paving the way for a fight with Selby, which had been previously planned as a unification.

At yesterday’s final press conference, Selby confirmed that a title defence against the recently-dethroned WBA champion Frampon is the fight that is top of his wishlist.

Selby told IFL TV that “the Carl Frampton fight, that’s the biggest fight in the UK by far.”

“I think it could do great numbers anywhere around the country, the O2 [London], in Cardiff, even in Belfast. That fight sells anywhere.”

While it would be Selby defending his title, he would have no qualms travelling to Frampton’s hometown, a location that the Ulsterman is insistent upon. However, Selby believes that, considering ‘The Jackal’s’ famous travelling support, the fight could be even bigger in Cardiff.

He outlined that “I’d prefer Wales, but it wouldn’t have to be neutral, I don’t mind fighting in Belfast. The Stadium they’re thinking of doing it in holds 20-25,000, but if we did the Millennium Stadium, all those could travel over and I could have all my fans.”

Watch Lee Selby’s interview with IFL TV in full below:

Joe O'Neill

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