Lee Selby [24(9)-1(0)] is ready, willing, and able to fill the Windsor void, but Team Frampton have ‘no interest’ in making the World title fight claims the IBF featherweight world champion’s manager Jamie Sanigar.
Sanigar was in Belfast today for media duties with another of his fighters, Lee Haskins, who puts his IBF bantamweight strap on the line against Ryan Burnett on June 10th, but took time to question Team Frampton’s desire to fight Selby.
Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] has a homecoming fight booked for Windsor Park and will fulfill a long held ambition by fighting in the stadium this July, but has yet to confirm an opponent for what promises to be a massive event and fight night.
Selby, who like ‘The Jackal’ is advised by Al Haymon of PBC fame, was mooted as a potential foe both before and after the popular Belfast fighter’s Leo Santa Cruz Las Vegas rematch, but Sanigar claims his attempts to make the fight have been essentially rebuffed.
The promoter and manager, who is said to have a strong working relationship with Cyclone Promotions, stated that ‘The Welsh Mayweather’ is still willing to come to Belfast and stressed that a fight “the public want” can still be made.
“Lee Selby is ready and willing to fight Carl Frampton, but every time we approach the matter we haven’t got a real response from Team Frampton,” said Sanigar.
“The line I was getting from the lads in London was ‘we are doing the Santa Cruz rematch,’ ‘We are doing the Santa Cruz rematch’ and that has gone on and on.”
“From our perspective, it’s frustrating because it’s a big fight. That is the fight the public want, not only in Belfast, but in Britain and World boxing.”
“Selby-Frampton would be huge, but certainly there is no obstacle from our side.”
There have been suggestions Selby, as the champion, wanted the fight to take place in Wales, as well as talk that he has priced himself out of the clash.
His manager, however, says he has no problem coming to the Titanic City for what he believes would be a titanic encounter, but does claim that his fighter would have to be rewarded financially.
“There is no issue with coming to Belfast, none at all. Selby has been here before, he fought Martin Lindsay in Belfast.”
“There are no qualms at all. Of course the package has to be right for him to come fight in front of 26,000 in Belfast.”
“You are giving away a huge advantage and Lee is the champion, but there it has never even gotten to that stage because, on Team Frampton’s side, there doesn’t seem to be any interest.”