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Selby tipping Jackal for a unification clash at Windsor

By David Kelly

Lee Selby is backing Carl Frampton to once again topple Leo Santa Cruz and set up their summer World featherweight title unification battle in Belfast.

Selby, who defends his IBF 9st title against Argentina's Jonathan Barros at the MGM Grand in the early hours of Sunday morning, was at ringside for the first Frampton-Santa Cruz clash in Brooklyn last July and found the nail-biting 12-rounder too close to call.

The Welshman expects another tight encounter between WBA king Frampton and three-weight World champion Santa Cruz but is leaning ever so slightly towards the Jackal having his hand raised, which would then lead to negotiations between Selby's team and Cyclone Promotions over a unification battle.

"I think a fight between me and Carl is better than Carl Froch and George Groves, which had 80,000 people at Wembley. Whether it would attract the same publicity, I don't think so because we don't trash talk - we respect each other," said Selby, who would naturally like to face Frampton at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

"Putting the heavyweights aside, I think the fight between Carl and me is the biggest in the UK right now. There is talk of taking the fight to Windsor Park but that only holds around 20,000 and the Millennium Stadium holds 40,000 and money talks but I would come to Belfast. Me going to Belfast wouldn't stop the fight from happening.

"I think on my day I can beat anyone and I actually think that there should be a featherweight tournament, to have all the champions fight each other."

As for Frampton's rematch with Santa Cruz, the 29-year-old believes the fans will be in for another treat in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"I was at ringside for the first fight and couldn't pick a winner. I wouldn't have complained if Santa Cruz had been given the decision," added Selby.

"Santa Cruz will have more of an edge because of where the fight is and he will be better. In the first fight he didn't seem as urgent, though that could have been down to Carl's power. I think Carl will win again."

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