Featherweight star Carl Frampton says the timing seems to be finally right for him to face IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby in what would be a huge fight in Belfast or the UK.
‘The Jackal’ takes on Andres Gutierrez in his Belfast homecoming this weekend.
IBF champion Selby (25-1-KO9) won his mandatory defence against Jonathan Victor Barros on July 15 – days after his mother passed away – and has been looking for a fight with the Belfast star for the last year.
Frampton (23-1-KO14) was ringside to watch Selby’s win and admits that once he gets past Gutierrez, an all-British fight between him and the ‘Welsh Mayweather’ could happen.
“I’m not looking past Gutierrez in any shape or form but it’s natural for people to look at the two of us and want to see the fight happen – in the same way that they wanted to see me fight Scott Quigg at super-bantamweight,” Frampton said in his Sunday Life column.
“Selby did the business when he retained his IBF world featherweight title and all credit to him for doing it just a few days after his mother had passed away.
“I don’t think I could have gone in and fought but he did and beat his mandatory challenger Jonathan Barros and afterwards he was talking again about a fight with me and that’s one that I would be up for. The timing would seem to be right for the fight.
“Fans want to see who’s the best in Britain and it’s a natural fight.
” Selby isn’t the only option I would have in terms of a world title shot but the all-British battles do create a lot of interest. Selby is a boxer who I’ve always respected and I know how hard it would be.