Selby manager envisions ten-fight featherweight series

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Lee Selby’s manager has reiterated his desire to make a fight with Carl Frampton – or any other big featherweight.

Chris Sanigar feels that the Al Haymon-dominated featherweight division should work together to ensure a steady stream of mega-fights

IBF champion Selby and new WBA titlist Frampton have spoken respectfully about each other over the past few months, and Sanigar feels like the current division could be about to embark on something of a golden age.

Indeed Sanigar is open to a tournament/series in the mould of the super middleweight Super 6, and explained to World Boxing News that “that’s why we teamed up with Al Haymon as he has control of the featherweight champions as in Santa Cruz, Mares, Cuellar, Frampton and Russell Jr.”

“Really, whether it’s a tournament structure or not, all these guys can feature in mega-fights. Six, eight or even ten fights back-to-back can be made involving these fighters.”

“We are not interested in tick-over jobs, we want to fight one of those fighters. It doesn’t matter if they are in New York, Los Angeles, Cardiff or Belfast but just put together the mega-fights.”

“He’s 29 now, the same as Carl. They are both at their peaks and that’s the time to maximise it.

With Frampton looking likely to be facing an immediate, contractually-mandated, rematch with Santa Cruz, Sanigar is realistic about his chances of securing a fight with The Jackal’ this year. Therefore the Welshman’s manager is open to taking on WBC beltholder Gary Russell Jr, and revealed that “I think Russell Jr. is an exceptional fighter and he fits the challenges Lee wants.”

“If that fight can be made next, Lee would definitely be interested.”

Joe O'Neill

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