Exclusive: Jamie Sanigar outlines exciting future for Lee Selby

Matt Horan 09/11/2015

Bristol based promoter Jame Sanigar is expecting another huge twelve months for IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby, with some big fights potentially on the horizon.

2015 in itself was a remarkable year for Selby (22-1, 8 KO), as the 28 year-old expertly beat the previously undefeated Evgeny Gradovich to win the world title, before making his first successful defence on an Al Haymon promoted NBC show against the durable Fernando Montiel.

Sanigar believes that it’s just the beginning of an exciting journey for the Barry fighter, with the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko, Leo Santa Cruz and Gary Russell Jr all possible future opponents.

“We are expecting a huge year for Lee now and there are plenty of fights waiting for him at featherweight. He has established himself well at the weight and he wants to push on now and be involved in those big clashes,” Sanigar exclusively told World Boxing News.

“He should be back out after the new year – probably around January/February time and we are just going through the planning of the next defence. He will probably have a mandatory obligation coming up soon with the IBF, but the board currently has no number one or two, so we are just waiting to see how things work out there.

“We’ve recently linked up with Al Haymon and it’s opened up lots of opportunities. We expect a big fight in 2016 and Lee wants to be the best featherweight in the world. To do that of course, he has to beat the likes of Santa Cruz, Lomachenko, Russell Jr and Mares. Obviously politics may get in the way of some fights being made, but Haymon wants to make big fights on PBC, so there is no reason why we can’t face the likes of Santa Cruz and Russell Jr next year.”

That link to the influential and powerful Haymon will undoubtedly see Selby regularly fight on PBC cards across America, but Sanigar is confident that the UK fans will still get to see the champion in action on this side of the pond.

He said: “Of course Lee is going to mainly fight in the USA for the foreseeable future, as that’s where the big fights are, but he still wants to come back and fight in the UK. He wants to develop a reputation in both markets, so boxing back in Britain is a big part of that. We don’t want to just be In America; An ideal scenario would be to fight three times a year, twice in the US and once in the UK.

Matt Horan is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123