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Exclusive: Sanigar praises Frampton, discusses interest in Selby unification

Phil Jay 01/08/2016

Ed Diller

Lee Selby’s manager Jamie Sanigar has revealed his delight at witnessing Carl Frampton’s featherweight title win over Leo Santa Cruz in New York on Saturday night.

Sanigar accompanied fellow-featherweight ruler Selby to the Barclays Center in order to have a first hand look at who could potentially be their next opponent and was ringside to see Frampton claim a majority decision in a Fight of the Year contender.

“I just think it was an incredible performance and one of the best British performances on American soil ever,” Sanigar exclusively told World Boxing News.

“It was one of the best fights I’ve seen live, and that’s what made it hard to score. I was so engrossed in the fight. I was scoring it as I went but it was hard to contain my excitement – as a fan. One minute it looked like Carl was going to get caught and go, the next minute he was on top. It was hard to score.

“I must admit I have Santa Cruz winning the fight, but the reason more so was that anything close I was giving to the benefit of the champion, and being on American soil. I’m always a bit of a pessimist so I was thinking they’ll probably give that round to Santa Cruz. When it comes to those close rounds they were probably given to Leo and that obviously swayed it just to him.

“But naturally, I was delighted as a British fan that Carl had got it and I was also pleased for the McGuigans and the team. It was a great performance and it didn’t get the build-up or the credit it deserves.”

Almost instantly after the result was revealed, Frampton and Selby were pitted together in unification talk, and when asked about a possible UK super-fight in 2016, Sanigar was optimistic a deal could be done.

“We went there with the intention that we wanted to box the winner,” he explained. “That’s why we were there. We wanted to see it live and from our perspective, that’s the fight Lee Selby wants.

“We’re talking about two genuine world class British champions and that doesn’t happen very often at this elite level and that’s what they both are. They are very respectful to each other. Carl spoke very highly of Lee in the press conference after the fight and likewise the same from Lee.

“It would just be an incredible night for British boxing if these two were able to get in on,” added Sanigar.