“Obviously the Frampton fight makes the most sense” – Selby eyes 2017 unification

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The featherweight division is currently one of the most stacked in World boxing.

Obviously there is Belfast’s WBA champion Carl Frampton, Welshman Lee Selby who holds the IBF belt, and WBC and WBO titlists Gary Russell Jr and Óscar Valdez respectively. On top of this there are the likes of Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Jesus Cuellar, and even Scott Quigg.

Bar Quigg and Valdez, all of these names are part of the Al Haymon stable and further match-ups look likely on top of Santa Cruz’s prevous fights with Mares and Frampton, and the upcoming Frampton-Santa Cruz rematch and Cuellar-Mares clash.

Barry Town’s Selby wants to get in the mix and he feels, probably correctly, that a unification with Frampton is the fight which makes the most sense should both overcome their upcoming dates (Selby is due to face Argentinean mandatory challenger Jonathan Victor Barros).

Speaking to IFL TV, ‘The Welsh Mayweather’ outlined how “2017, it’s hopefully going to be a big year for me. I signed with Al Haymon last year, he advises all the major fighters at featherweight, so there’s some big fights to be made.”

“Obviously the Frampton fight makes the most sense. He’s a British fighter, he’s a World champion, I’m a World champion. How can we both say we’re the best fighters in the World when we don’t even know if we’re the best in Britain?”

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

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie