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Carl Frampton in the hunt for Windsor Park summer sizzler with Selby

By David Kelly

Manager Chris Sanigar says a unification title clash between Carl Frampton and Lee Selby will happen in the summer - if both men are victorious in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

In the early hours of Sunday morning WBA World featherweight champion Frampton tangles with Leo Santa Cruz for a second time, while before that, on the same show co-promoted by Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions and US outfit Ringstar, Welshman Selby puts his IBF 9st belt on the line against mandatory challenger Jonathan Barros.

A showdown between the two champions would be a mouth watering prospect and Selby's manager Sanigar says he would have no problem bringing his fighter back to Belfast to face the Jackal, with Windsor Park the most likely venue.

Selby previously boxed at the Odyssey Arena when defeating Belfast's Martin Lindsay in a British featherweight title fight.

"I am very positive that the fight between Carl and Lee will happen. We get on very well with the McGuigans, they have said that it is a fight that they want and it's a fight that we want so I don't see why it can't be done," said Sanigar.

"I really think this is a fight where politics will not get in the way of negotiating a deal. Both camps get on very well and that's the way I want it to stay. Both fighters are respectful towards one another and I expect that to continue. This is a fight that doesn't need any name calling or trash talk.

"It doesn't need any controversy to sell because it's such a top quality fight. It's a trade fight that the experts will be telling the public they have to see because you have two of the best fighters in the world from the UK in a World title unification fight.

"Barry and I are both ex fighters and we both have the best interests of our fighters at heart and we know it's a great fight for both.

"One man will have to lose and one will win but they can both respect each other at the end. It's a fight that people want to see.

"So it's important that both fighters go and win in Las Vegas and if they look good then it makes the fight even more attractive."

IBF featherweight champion Selby, just like Frampton, will be boxing in Vegas for the first time.

"It's a dream to fight in Vegas so it is great to have this opportunity, but it is important that I shine under the lights. Barros is a former WBA champion, a big puncher with an unorthodox style, I can't afford to take my eye off the ball," said Selby.

"He's very dangerous and will be coming in as a hungry underdog, it's his chance to regain a world title, but I'm not going to let that happen.

"The main thing is to win. If I look good then I want the winner of Frampton and Santa Cruz.

"I think that's why I'm on the show, it's natural for people to compare the winners of our fights," he added.

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