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Further doubt cast on Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz Belfast trilogy as Mexican wants to fight Lee Selby next

By Claire Williamson

Further doubt has been cast on Carl Frampton's rematch with Santa Cruz with the Mexican saying he wants a unification fight with IBF champion Lee Selby before facing the Belfast boxer again.

Frampton lost his WBA featerweight belt to Santa Cruz on a points decision in Las Vegas in January.

The Belfast boxer immediately called him out again but this time for the Jackal's backyard.

Frampton was keen for this to happen after thousands of his travelling support made the journey to America to support him.

Previously Santa Cruz had said he was prepared to go to Belfast for the third fight and that "it would be natural to have the third fight right away".

But recently he cast doubt on the bout after saying his father and trainer Jose has warned him about going to fight in Belfast in front of Frampton's home crowd.

Santa Cruz says he will "if he says no, I wouldn't go there".

Now he has dampened the deal further.

He said: "I think more likely first I would like to unify with Lee Selby.

"Selby is calling me out, so I want to make it with him and get the win and then fight Mares or Frampton."

He added: "I want to fight the best. There is Lee Selby, I want to unify against him, Abner Mares, Carl Frampton, I will fight any of them

"But I think more likely first I would like to unify with Lee Selby, I don't know about a date yet, but maybe June, July, or August. We will talk about it."

Selby's manager Jamie Sanigar told BBC Wales Sport they would "discuss options with Al Haymon this week" who advises both fighters.

He said: "We want the biggest fights now and a unification with Santa Cruz is top of the list. The winner of Selby v Santa Cruz would be king of the castle in the featherweight division."

On Monday night on Twitter Lee Selby held a poll asking fans who they would like to see him fight next.

As of 8.50pm Frampton was by far the most popular choice.

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