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Oscar Valdez unlikely to be Frampton's Windsor Park opponent as eyes turn to Warrington v Selby bout

By Gareth Hanna

Carl Frampton will step into the ring at Windsor Park on Saturday, August 18, with Oscar Valdez unlikely to be in the opposite corner.

Frampton, of course, became the mandatory challenger for Valdez' WBO World Featherweight title when he saw off Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena last month.

But with the champ currently struggling to return in time from a jaw injury, sustained during his successful title defence against Scott Quigg in March, Frampton admits it's unlikely the WBO belt will be on the line come the summer.

"I'd love the Valdez fight but it looks like that's not going to happen next," he said

That leaves the winner of the upcoming fight between Josh Warrington and Lee Selby as the next option. The pair go head to head on May 19 at Elland Road, fighting for Selby's IBF World Featherweight title.

“I’m not going to turn my nose up at the winner of Selby v Warrington. I think that’s a great fight as well," said Frampton.

Warrington, like the Belfast boxer, is under Frank Warren's management so a win for the Leeds man could provide a fight that's simple to make, even if Frampton is backing the current champ.

"Whoever comes through the Selby and Warrington fight is going to be the deserving champion so I'm happy fight the best man on that night," he said.

"If I'm being honest, I'm edging towards Selby. A year ago, I'd have said Selby more comfortably. Selby's struggling with the weight now, Josh is fit and determined and the home support behind him makes the fight closer.

"But I'm still edging towards Lee."

Frampton's unanimous decision victory over Donaire was a return to form after a less-convincing display in his return success against Horacio Garcia in November.

"People had written me off but I knew I was working well in the gym so it was good to show people," he said.

"I personally think it was the second best performance of my career. It was the most disciplined anyway.

"I'm back. I still have a lot to give and people now know that."

Ahead of this month's big fight, Lee Selby has won 26 of his 27 professional fights while challenger Josh Warrington has a perfect record of 26 wins from 26 professional bouts.

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