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Carl Frampton and Lee Selby set for Windsor Park Belfast showdown for IBF and WBA titles

By David Kelly

WBA World champion Carl Frampton is relishing a World featherweight title unification fight with Lee Selby at Windsor Park, once he gets past Leo Santa Cruz in the early hours of Sunday morning at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas.

The Jackal believes it is the natural fight for both men who defend their World 9st titles on the same bill this weekend, with IBF champion Selby meeting number one challenger Jonathan Barros.

The fight seems to have taken a step closer after Selby's manager Chris Sanigar insisted: "I am very positive that the fight will happen."

Northern Ireland hero Frampton said: "I want to have three fights this year and a fight with Selby at Windsor would be perfect. He's a fighter that I have always respected and I think it would be a huge fight - two World champions from the UK unifying the belts.

"I'm 30 next month so from now to the end of my career I want to be in really big fights and Selby is a big fight."

The Belfast man is determined to return home for his next title fight, assuming that he overcomes the challenge of Santa Cruz in their exciting re-match which for many pundits is once again too close to call.

"It was great headlining in the Barclays Centre last summer and now in Las Vegas but we can't forget about Northern Ireland. I want to fight at least once a year at home… it's all about having the biggest most exciting fights possible from here on in.

"The first fight with Santa Cruz was my toughest fight, the standout fight of my career so far, but in this one if I beat him really convincingly people will really start to appreciate it.

"To be topping the bill at the MGM in the fight capital of the world, it's something I never really thought about when I was a kid or when I turned professional.

"I never really believed I could get to this stage.

"This camp has been even better than the last one. I had a few problems with my hand during the last training camp but this camp has been brilliant. I've been able to put a lot of effort into every session."

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