Lee Selby to target winner of Leo Santa Cruz v Carl Frampton

Lee Selby
Image: Lee Selby will chase the winner of Leo Santa Cruz v Carl Frampton

IBF world featherweight champion Lee Selby has turned his attention to facing the winner of Leo Santa Cruz v Carl Frampton.

'The Welsh Mayweather' (23-1-KO8) was widely expected to defend his crown against unbeaten domestic rival Josh Warrington but after slamming the Leeds fighter for 'pulling out', he is now making a unification fight his top priority.

Santa Cruz (32-0-1-KO18) puts his WBA Super featherweight strap on the line on July 30 when he faces Frampton (22-0-KO14), who added the WBA super-bantamweight crown to his IBF title before stepping up a division. Selby is looking to make one more defence of his own belt and then lie in wait for the victor.

Carl Frampton (Pic by Paul Currie)
Image: Carl Frampton has stepped up to the featherweight division

He told Sky Sports: "We were going to fight Warrington and then go on to fight the winner of Frampton and Santa Cruz. Hopefully it'll be Frampton - me beating Warrington in Britain would have been high-profile and made me vs Frampton massive.

"I'll leave the next opponent and venue to my manager and I'll just keep myself ready. In terms of venues, the problem we have in Wales is the arena. The Motorpoint Arena only holds 5,000 and the next one up is the Millennium Stadium, which is too big. That's the only problem with having a homecoming.

To challenge for a world title before I became champion, I would be willing to divorce my wife for the opportunity.
Selby on Warrington

"Me against Frampton would be the highest profile fight in the UK for me. Especially if he beats Santa Cruz now - it'd be massive. Frampton's boxing ability beat Scott Quigg. He did what he had to do, boxing nicely to unify the titles.

"I'd outbox Frampton, though. If he wants to fight, I'd be happy to fight but I think my boxing ability is superior to his even though he's a great boxer and a great fighter. I've just got that edge.

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"My plan is to beat Frampton and then move on to facing the huge names internationally like Gary Russell Jr and Vasyl Lomachenko."

With a last parting shot at Warrington, Selby added: "You heard him call me out time and time again but now he doesn't want to fight. He says he's getting married at the end of August but we were looking to make the fight for the end of July so there'd have been plenty of time for the bruises to heal for his wedding photos.

Josh Warrington v Hisashi Amagasa
Image: Selby says Josh Warrington (left) has 'pulled out' of a potential summer showdown

"To challenge for a world title before I became champion, I would be willing to divorce my wife for the opportunity; never mind turning it down because you're preparing for a wedding a month later."

In his last fight, Selby overcame a second-round knockdown to outclass Eric Hunter on points at The O2 on April 9.

Lee Selby got off the floor in the second round and outclassed Eric Hunter

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