Selby not exciting enough for Frampton yet says McGuigan

Lee Selby is the bigger man but Carl Frampton is the bigger name and the Welsh fighter has some building to do before the pair trade leather.

A possible clash between the IBF super bantamweight World champion and the same governing bodies featherweight champion has been muted of late.

Both parties have name dropped each other and the teams are working together on a show in Cardiff for May 14.

Add the fact Selby, like Frampton, also works with PBC and Al Haymon  to the mix and the fight seems a natural fight down the line.

However, ‘down the line’ is exactly how Shane McGuigan see’s it. Frampton’s coach believes ‘The Jackal’ has more inviting options and bigger fish to fry, with Leo Santa Cruz been first on the wish list.

While McGuigan believes the ‘Welsh Mayweather’ is a talented operator he deosn’t think he is a big enough name as of yet for the Belfast fight.

“I don’t believe that Lee Selby at this current stage is at that exciting level. People don’t know about him yet, but if he keeps doing what he’s doing, then great – we can do that figh,” McGuigan told Pundit Arena. 

“Selby looked good, though he got decked heavily early on (in his last fight). Can he sell out an arena by himself? He’s fought on undercards his whole life. He’s a great fighter, don’t get me wrong, but how are you going to advertise Lee Selby vs Carl Frampton in the summer when you have Anthony Joshua fighting at Wembley, as well as Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko in July?”

“There is only a certain amount of shows that boxing fans will go to and you’ve got to make it really exciting for them to want to go and see it”.


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