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Time Waster – Carl Frampton blasts IBF champ Lee Selby

Carl Frampton has accused IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby of leading him and his team on a merry dance in recent months.

Two-weight world champion Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] looks set to return to the ring this Summer at Windsor Park in his native Belfast as he begins his comeback from his WBA featherweight title rematch loss to Leo Santa Cruz in January.

While Santa Cruz was unwilling to make the trip across the Atlantic, Welshman Selby [24(9)-1(0)] had repeatedly spoke of his willingness to come to Belfast.

Seby’s team have claimed in recent weeks that Team Frampton were not willing negotiators, however ‘The Jackal’ himself has come out to chastise Selby for misleading Cyclone.

Writing in his weekly column for the Sunday Life, Frampton revealed that moves to promote a fight with Selby were made, but he has since learnt that under no circumstances will the Barry boxer be allowed to bypass his mandatory defence against Argentinian Jonathan Victor Barros.

Frampton wrote that “I’m still expecting a big fight this summer in Belfast but it looks like it won’t be against IBF World featherweight champion Lee Selby who just seems to have been wasting our time during negotiations.”

“We had been talking to TV networks about the fight with Selby who told us that it could happen despite him having a mandatory fight with Jonathan Barros. Then, myself and Jake McGuigan spoke to the IBF official who made it clear that Selby must face Barros next.”

“Barros had a medical issue earlier this year when his fight with Selby was called off just before the weigh-in when it was supposed to happen on the undercard of my fight with Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas. It is obvious now that Selby must now face Barros who is clear to fight.”

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Joe O'Neill

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