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Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz: Carl's Windsor Park goal after New York title quest

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton is dreaming of a blockbuster World title showdown at Windsor Park on the back of a New York victory over Leo Santa Cruz in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Should the Jackal rip away the WBA World featherweight title belt from the grasp of the Mexican at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn then a successful first defence would subsequently pave the way for a possible Windsor battle next year.

Welshman Lee Selby would be the obvious target for Frampton as he holds the IBF World featherweight title and with both fighters represented by American boxing powerbroker Al Haymon it is a duel that would be relatively easy to make.

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Selby has made it clear that he would be keen on battling Frampton and little wonder as the Belfast man is arguably the biggest box office attraction in the featherweight division, having generated a huge fan base on his way to IBF and WBA super-bantamweight title glory.

“I’d love to fight at Windsor Park, the home of Northern Ireland,” said Frampton.

“A fight with Lee Selby makes sense. Lee is an amazing fighter I have respected for a long time.

“But I’m the one who sells the most tickets so it has to be a Belfast venue, possibly Windsor Park in the summer.

“As a big Crusaders fan I would have loved to have fought at Seaview but it’s just too small a venue.”

Before any potential clash with Selby though, Frampton could well find himself in a re-match with Santa Cruz should this weekend's fight live up to all expectations.

American cable TV giant Showtime are expecting the Frampton-Santa Cruz bout to be a fight of the year contender as both men put their unbeaten records on the line and a close encounter would naturally lead to calls from every quarter for a return.

Victory for Frampton would leave him in the box seat in terms of where a re-match would take place and Belfast would certainly be the favoured option for the Jackal.

Selby, meanwhile, has confirmed that he will be ringside in Brooklyn to witness Frampton-Santa Cruz and subsequently make it known he is eager to meet the winner in a World title unification clash.

"I've seen Frampton say that he would be interested in fighting me and I have also seen a few press releases and video interviews where Santa Cruz has said he would also like to fight me," said Selby.

"The three of us are all with Al Haymon so it should be able to happen.

"If Frampton wins, a fight between me and him in the UK would be absolutely huge.

"I'm heading out to New York to watch the fight so I can be ringside to accept the winner's challenge.

"I doubt Santa Cruz would come to Britain, however. He has been saying it but I wouldn't have thought so.

"I would rather have any potential fight here in the United Kingdom but I just can't see him travelling over for the fight because his fans are all over in America."

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